YBOR CITY, Fla.– The owners of a small movie house in Ybor City are hoping to bring film enthusiasts from around the Bay Location to their 38-seat theater.
What You Need To Know
- Owners of Screen Door, a small movie theater in Ybor City, are wishing to bring film fans from around the Bay location to their 38-seat theater
- The microcinema home will soon be getting contributed seats from Los Angeles that will increase capability to about 55 seats
- Right now, screenings at the cinema are revealing a various motion picture each night from Thursday to Sunday
A running movie reel for movie theater buffs like Warren Cockerham is a sensation like no other.
“The tactility of it, if it breaks, you understand, all of that stuff to me is kind of part of it,” he said.
Cockerham is a film and media production coordinator professor at the University of Tampa.
He says he’s enjoyed films and moviemaking his whole life.
“I actually never ever gave up on it,” Cockerham stated. “I always kept shooting films and kept showing movies.”
However when living outside of major film centers like New York and Los Angeles, some of the more odd films he enjoys, or ones that aren’t significant ticket office hits, seldom make it to places like the Bay Area for screenings.
Cockerham stated that truth is why he and his partners, Sean O’Brien and Ann-Eliza Taylor, had a concept to alter that.
“They can’t see it anywhere else and it’s too bad,” he said.
Similar to life discovers a method Jurassic Park, Cockerham and his partners found a way to take a small area in Ybor City and transform it into a premiere microcinema home, called Screen Door.
Right now, it only has 38 seats however, according to Cockerham, the projection and audio quality are a few of the best around.
He says that implies they can display popular films to classics from a bygone period.
“They offered us a blank slate and stated we were excellent to do whatever we desire with it,” said O’Brien.
According to O’Brien, he has actually been dreaming of opening the Screen Door for a long time and finally got a possibility to welcome in guests over Halloween weekend to view some classic scary films.
He stated he never ever envisioned that he ‘d be on the opposite side of a concession stand selling popcorn and drinks, even if that stand is currently in a closet.
“It is among those things where I’ve constantly been a huge motion picture fan, however actually working in a theater now, however it’s cool that it’s my theater,” O’Brien stated.
But it’s not like movie theaters are flourishing economically right now.
Even with the struggles theaters are facing following the COVID-19 pandemic, O’Brien states their technique to specific niche films– together with teaming up with regional music and movie artists to display their work in their area– makes them believe they have a feasible product that can last for a while in Ybor City.
“We’re just going to be a neighborhood theater that in fact caters to the whole community,” he said.
That is why, when the sneak peeks begin and O’Brien is able to stand in the back of the theater with Cockerham running the projector, they can’t assist however feel like they’ve accomplished just that.
“I think that if there’s a neighborhood around it then there’s a reason we ought to exist,” Cockerham said.
Screen Door will quickly be getting contributed seats from Los Angeles that will increase capacity to about 55 seats.
Right now, there are screenings that reveal a different film each night from Thursday to Sunday.