By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
With Hempstead Hall hosting back-to-back Gospel and Bluegrass concerts this weekend, there is also the Friday night showing of one of the biggest animated blockbusters of all-time as Incredibles 2 hits the big theatre screen, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Incredibles 2 follows the adventures of the superhero family that first premiered 14 years ago in the original Incredibles, and it returns the same characters, voice cast and direction as the first movie that was beloved by millions. The movie is also unique as a direct sequel, taking up where the first movie left off with an attack by the Underminers.
Only two weeks ago, Friday, Sept. 7, Hempstead Hall saw a big turnout for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Hempstead Hall has been showing movies ever since opening in 2013, said Hempstead Hall Director Dolly Henley.
“That was part of the planned offerings from almost Day One, since Hope no longer had a hometown movie theater; it was a way that area residents could see the first-run movies as soon as they got out of the commercial theaters,” she said.
As in the past, Henley said Hempstead Hall is committed to low “family-friendly” prices for its first-run blockbuster movies; admissions are only $4 a head for any age, while costs of concessions include $1 popcorn and $1 water.
“We know it can be expensive to go to the movies, if there are multiple kids in the family; our goal was to keep pricing low and make it a ‘family night out’ without driving far away and without being expensive,” Henley said.
Over this September, Henley said the movies have been scheduled in trying to stay clear of home high school football games. The best movie showing ever at Hempstead Hall was the 2013 Disney classic “Frozen” which drew an overflow crowd of 800, rivaling many of the live concerts in recent years.
With Hempstead Hall’s main stage set up in its movie configuration, approximately 600 seats located in the middle section are open; movie attendance has been averaged over 200 persons over the years, while the bigger, well-known blockbuster movies have seen between 300-400 attend, according to Henley.