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Christmas is movie day for some families

Dec. 26, 2013 @ 12:05 AM

HUNTINGTON -- It wasn't difficult to find a parking space in downtown Huntington for most of Christmas Day. The usually bustling streets were empty as families stayed home to visit with friends and loved ones.

But when the doors to the Marquee Cinemas opened at Pullman Square, it wasn't long before the parking spaces filled up.

Going to the movies on Christmas is a long-standing tradition for many American families, including Clifford and Kelli Kennedy, of Proctorville.

The Kennedys and their teenage son were at the movies Wednesday afternoon to see "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

"This is what we do every Christmas," Kelli said. "There's nothing else open. That's why we come to the movies."

Anita Trautwein, of Wayne, was also at the movies to see "The Hobbit" with her 31-year-old and 13-year-old grandsons.

"I never go to the movies on Christmas, but they just wanted to do something so I just thought 'grandma will go with you,'" she said. "Since it's Christmas, I wanted to spend time with them."

Christmas Day openings this year included "The Wolf of Wall Street" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill; "47 Ronin" starring Keanu Reeves; "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" starring Ben Stiller; and "Believe," a documentary chronicling the life of pop superstar Justin Bieber.

In addition to "The Hobbit," movies also playing at the Marquee Cinemas included "Frozen," "Walking with Dinosaurs," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Grudge Match," "American Hustle," "Homefront," "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," "Saving Mr. Banks," "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas," and "Philomena."

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