By Noelle H. Lowery
Marco Movies celebrated its 20th anniversary on Dec. 13 with a very special event. Owners Nick Campo and Bill McMullan featured both new and classic movies, but one of the showings stood out.
During the four-day event, Marco Movies showed “Schindler’s List.” The Academy Awarding film also turned 20 years old this month. Produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, “Schindler’s List” tells the story of Oskar Schindler, the man credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust.
In honor of the two 20th anniversaries, Campo and McMullan are donating the proceeds from Marco Movies’ celebration to the USC Shoah Foundation. Because of his experiences making “Schindler’s List”, Spielberg founded the USC Shoah Foundation as an organization dedicated to preserving the voices and pictures of the Holocaust so the world will never forget. Today, the Shoah Foundation features nearly 52,000 video records of eyewitness testimonies about the Holocaust and other genocides.
Founded in 1993, Marco Movies quietly opened to island locals and visitors featuring first-print movies and a simple menu of sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken fingers and traditional movie theater fare. Today, the nation’s first and oldest first-run, dine-in movie theater has an expanded menu that also includes beer, wine, pizza, salads, burgers, pasta entrees and a full array of appetizers.
Over the last two years, the four-theater cinema has been completely renovated. Gone are the familiar teal colored wooden chairs and formica; replaced with new leather reclining stadium seats, new granite counter- and table-tops and new comfortable swivel chairs for table seating. Each theater’s sound and projection systems also have been upgraded with state-of-the-art Dolby Digital Sound and new digital projection systems, and theater 3 has Dolby Digital 3-D.