Baldwins update Kemmerer's Victory Theater
Parry and Fred Baldwin are the new owners of the Victory Theater in Kemmerer.(GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)
Parry and Fred Baldwin are the new owners of the Victory Theater in Kemmerer. The Baldwins have been managing the theater for five years.
Now that the Baldwins are official owners of the theater, they have begun renovations to update the building. They have already redone the walls of the movie theater, and have plans to revamp the concessions booth and update the movie theater's seats and carpet. The theatre seats 180 people.
They are currently painting the outside of the theater, which has already given the building a fresh, clean look.
Parry and Fred Baldwin both work at the South Lincoln Medical Center; Parry is an anesthesiologist and Fred is a physician assistant.
The theater switched from film to digital four years ago.
Parry Baldwin shows how to operate the digital movie projector. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)
"We had a huge community fundraiser for the down payment on the equipment," Parry said.
The Victory Theater still has their old film projector, along with the large rolls workers placed the film around to play the movie. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)
Despite the large amount of work involved, the Baldwins said they are excited to be running the theater.
"There's no longer the constant wondering if it's going to close," Fred said. "We're not going to be making a bunch of money on this place, but we'll keep it open."
The new paint (bottom) on the exterior of the Victory Theater has added an updated look to the building. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)
So, what are the favorite movies of the new movie theater owners?
"My favorite, although (my wife) hates it, is 'Blazing Saddles,'" Fred said.
"I recently watched 'The Zookeeper's Wife,' and I wouldn't say it's my favorite, but that's a great one I've watched recently," Parry said.