Flames Central is paying homage to its historical roots this month by converting the popular bar into a movie theatre every Wednesday night.

Anyone who has ever gone to the movies and found themselves complaining about lack of leg room, expensive tickets and stale food will enjoy movie night at the old Palace theatre-turned-bar, general manager Jaimie Dachy said.

“With hockey on its way out, we wanted to get back to our roots and since this place was built as a theatre, we thought it would be perfect,” she said.

For only $2 admission, Calgarians can enjoy free popcorn, access to the full food and drink menu and of course, the movie on every screen in the building with massive sound, she added.

“I would go to the theatre more myself if I could have good food, a cold beer and watch a movie,” Dachy said. “It also gives people something to do mid-week that is inexpensive.”

Gladiator, the first movie will be shown tonight at 6:45 p.m. and every Wednesday this month at the same time will be a different movie. Dachy said July is busy with concerts but in August and September they would like to show more movies.

The former Palace theatre was built in 1921 and is located in the heart of Stephen Avenue. The building was declared a provincial historic site in 1996.

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