Walton Theater reopening

Nicholas Howard and Noland Barlow with Ashley Barlow get refreshments before the movie starts. Mason Harris and Baily Blackmon in the background are about to do the same.

The Walton Theater reopened on Saturday with a big back to school bash. Kids were treated to a free movie, free popcorn and free drinks and some added excitement that was not in the original plans.

The movie was the original “Space Jam” starring Michael Jordan. But there was a little more excitement than just movie and free refreshments. The first batch of popcorn got a little burned, creating just enough smoke to set off the fire alarm. As the movie was supposed to start, Selma Fire Department arrived. There was no fire but, to be safe, firefighters checked the building.

Once they confirmed there was no danger, the firefighters turned their attention to making the morning special for the kids by letting them explore the fire trucks. The children’s smiles were ear to ear, the parents and fire fighters were smiling too.

Walton Theater Manager Pastor John Grayson said “it was a great start. I want to thank all our patrons who came Saturday to the Back to School Free Movie event. We had about 50 kids and their parents to come out.”

Cicely Curtis, principal at R.B. Hudson, greeted the kids and gave information to prepare to go back to school. The Walton Theater Selma will remain open with limited showing times. Visit their Facebook page for times and movie titles of future shows.

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