Cinema coming back to 'Fritztown'

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THE FINAL TOUCHES are still being applied, but Fredericksburg’s only movie theater — renamed Fritztown Cinema — is set to open Monday, Nov. 25 under the direction of new owner and operator Sloan Ruth. The “soft opening” will include the upcoming movie sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward —

More than a year after the Stagecoach Theater closed its doors, Fredericksburg’s only movie theater will soon reopen under a new name, new ownership and vintage style complete with an “old-school” hand-changed marquee.

The rebranded Fritztown Cinema, owned and operated by Sloan Ruth, will be welcoming movie fans back to its location at 2254 U.S. Highway 87 South on Monday, Nov. 25.

Though a complete slate of films to be shown is not available, Ruth said that the upcoming movie sequel, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be among the films shown in the theater’s soft opening.

“We want people to come watch the Hunger Games here, if they’re willing to wait three days,” Ruth said.

While next week’s debut will be considered a “soft opening,” Ruth said the theater plans to have a large grand opening celebration in December.

“I had some technical experts from Austin who specialize in theaters come in and they said that we have the best screens and the best sound system, so I’m thrilled that the quality is so high,” Ruth said.

A small pizzeria complete with beer and wine bar is still under construction and will not be completed before the cinema opens.

“It’s not like any pizza here in town,” Ruth said. “The (pizza) here is all good, but it’s all different. Mine will be totally different.”

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