Marcophiles: Nick Campo hoping to bring Oscar films back to Marco Movies

CHRIS CURLE
Marco Movies owner Nick Campo is pleased with his digital billboards inside the theater lobby. The displays feature the films playing and previews of upcoming movies, plus ads for Marco merchants and organizations. Chris Curle/Eagle Correspondent

Marco Movies owner Nick Campo is pleased with his digital billboards inside the theater lobby. The displays feature the films playing and previews of upcoming movies, plus ads for Marco merchants and organizations. Chris Curle/Eagle Correspondent

Marco Movies owner Nick Campo has lots to be happy about on this Oscar night weekend.

Our now digitally enhanced multi-screen cinema has had a flurry of fine films, several of which are nominated for Oscars in the big show this coming Sunday evening on ABC.

And in case you were not able to see some of those movies before now, you may be able to see them in the near future, especially if they bring home the much sought-after statue.

“The movies we’ve played here that are nominated include “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi” and “Argo,” Nick says. “They performed tremendously, very popular here, and people really enjoyed these movies.

“I can bring back movies. I am definitely going to try to squeeze in ‘Argo’ because that was in the fall and people may have forgotten about it. It’s a great movie and it will play well again. It’s my favorite of them all. And I think the snub of Ben Affleck as best director is horrible.

“That movie kept me involved the entire movie. My eyes never left the screen. And that’s the director, not the actors that do that. I think it’s a shame. He’s won every award that a director can win but he’s not nominated for an Oscar.”

We asked Nick about Lincoln, one of our favorites.

“I’m not sure. Lincoln may be too soon for me to bring back because everybody’s probably seen it now. Still, I always try to bring some of the top Oscar contenders back so people can see them again.”

How do your customers like the new digital movie system you’ve installed?

“They love it, love the whole thing. It’s great and such a difference. We’re really proud of the product now.”

We asked Nick about what he considers a problem, if anything, about people’s Marco Movies experience.

“The biggest problem we have with first timers is they come too late. The theaters are very small and the folks are not used to that. Many are used to going to a five-hundred-seat theater with plenty of room. They don’t realize our biggest theater only seats 80.

“So they come right at the last minute, which the can do at their theaters up north without having any issues. But here, everyone knows to come early to get the better seats. That’s the biggest thing. Even if you buy tickets in advance, you still have to get here early enough to get the seat you want.”

“But Nick, but Nick,” we said with concern. “We’ve seen some filmgoers declining to sit at tables with a few seats facing away from the screens. They say they’d have to face the rear and thus not see the movie.”

“I assure them that the table chairs are on castors and swivel freely to face the screen,” Nick said with authority.

Don’t panic over the Pet Shred Party

If you’ve not seen the flyer for the Iberia Bank shred party, tomorrow, Saturday, don’t recoil in pet lover’s horror at the headline on that flyer:

“Patriotic Pet Shred Party.”

Bank boss Keith Dameron promises not one pet will be shredded at the fun event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Iberia bank on Bald Eagle Drive. Fun stuff includes:

Cats and kittens will be available for adoption. Celebrity dog trainers will be there, as will an “animal communicator.” Also featured are artist Malenda Trick, Veterinarian Dr. Brent Garrison, the Critter Cafe, Paws 4 Pics Photography, the Animal Specialty Hospital and music from deejay Steve Reynolds.

Another highlight will be the Patriotic Pet Costume Parade with prizes for the winners. Judges will be County commissioner Donna Fiala, the COO with Physicians Regional Healthcare, Rick LoCastro, and me, Chris Curle.

You and your pet are invited to the party, along with any old documents or other paper you’d like to have shredded. Just don’t mix up the pooch with the paperwork.

Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. Email chris@chriscurle.com. Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. Email: don@donfarmer.com.

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