'Breaking Dawn' at midnight: Freeport multiplex to launch with 'Twilight Saga'

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FREEPORT — Movie-goers won’t necessarily have to travel to Brunswick or Portland starting next week, when the Nordica Theatre is scheduled to open at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Freeport Village Station.

The theater, operated by Massachusetts-based Belmont Capital, is at the corner of Mill and Depot Streets. It has six screens, stadium seating and will feature all-digital projection and audio. Patrons will have free access to the 550-space parking garage at Village Station.

Belmont also operates the Windham Five Star Cinema, the Wells Five Star Cinema and Bangor Mall Cinemas.

Deborah Belisle, Belmont’s director of operations, said the auditoriums range from 86 to 161 seats. There is also a party room and the capability for business meetings in the theaters, she said.

“We are dedicated to keeping the price of movie tickets and concessions moderate for the public,” Belisle said. “People will get a better presentation here for not as much money.”

There is also a plan to work with local restaurants for a dinner-and-a-movie deal, she said.

Nora Cleaves, general manager of Nordica, declined to disclose ticket prices in advance of next week’s opening. But she said the theater is working with Berenson Associates, developers of the Village Station, to create two Freeport Appreciation Days for residents.

The theater will open with “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1,” on three screens at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 17. The vampires-and-werewolves saga will be joined by “Happy Feet Two” on Friday, Nov. 18. “The Muppets” will open on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Carolyn Beem, spokeswoman for L.L. Bean, said the company is thrilled to have the theater in town.

“It brings another dimension to the town, and creates another reason to visit Freeport as a destination,” Beem said. 

Cleaves said Nordica is still accepting employment applications. She can be reached at 865-9000.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson

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Deborah Belisle, director of operations of Belmont Capital, and Nora Cleaves, general manager of the Nordica Theatre. The Freeport multiplex opens Thursday, Nov. 17, showing “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” at midnight on three screens.

The Nordica Theater has six screens and 704 seats at Freeport Village Station.

Deborah Belisle, director of operations for Belmont Capital, and Nora Cleaves, Nordica Theatre’s general manager, take a moment to relax at the new Freeport multiplex. Construction workers are still working on the finishing touches ahead of the opening at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 17.

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