By Paul Struck, Editor
The annual Merchant Holiday Matinee Movie Series at the American 3 Theatre in Downtown Cherokee begins this week with noon and 2:30 p.m. performances of "Shark Tale" Friday and Saturday.
On Saturday, December 3, "Christmas with the Kranks" will be shown; on Saturday, December 10, "Madagascar" will be shown; on Saturday, December 17, "Robots" is the featured movie; and a special bonus movie - "Spongebob Squarepants" will be shown on Friday, December 23. All movies will be shown at noon and 2:30 p.m. those days.
In addition to the free movies, complements of participating Cherokee merchants, a Kid Concession Special will be offered, consisting of popcorn, drink, and kid-size candy for $4, tax included.
Movie-goers need a separate ticket for each showing and the tickets are available at no cost at the many participating Cherokee businesses.
Cherokee merchants participating in the free holiday movies this year include Allender Chiropractic, Brown Chevrolet & Buick, Burkhardt & Dawson C.P.A., Gary Bowers Agency, Car Quest Motor Parts, Central Trust & Savings Bank, Champion Electric, Cherokee Pizza & Buffet, Cherokee Regional Medical Center, Cherokee State Bank, C's Plumbing, Denny's Service.
Also, Dr. J.P. Barlow, Dr. Stephen Veit, Dr. T.B. Menke, Dr. Wendell Stoelting, First Abstract & Loan, Godfather's Pizza, Gustafson Realty, Holzhauer Motors, House of Yours Consignment, Hy-Vee Drug Store, Hy-Vee Food Store, Johnson Paint & Body, Kid 2 Kid Consignment, K-Mart, Letsche Bike Shop.
Also, Mark Hecox State Farm Agency, Northwest Realty, North Star Community Credit Union, Paula's Hair Design, Pierson Photography, Taco John's, The Chronicle Times, The Copper Cup, Valley Bank & Trust, West Bluff Medical Associates.
Seating is limited to capacity.