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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • B&B Theatres Patriot 12 opens doors to public

  • The city of Waynesville and B&B Theatres celebrated a monumental moment in its 24-year partnership on Thursday — the highly anticipated Patriot 12 theater opened its doors.
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  • The city of Waynesville and B&B Theatres celebrated a monumental moment in its 24-year partnership on Thursday — the highly anticipated Patriot 12 theater opened its doors.
    Times have changed since B&B held a grand opening for its first cinema in Waynesville in 1990.
    The four-screen cinema only employed six people. Tickets were $4.75 for adults. “Ghost” and “Jungle Book” played on opening night. The “state-of-the art” technology at the time included reel-to-reel projection screening and stereophonic sound.
    Needless to say, 24 years later, B&B amped up the technology and features for its second cinema in Waynesville.
    The Patriot 12 is now the only theater in Missouri with a large-format screen, known as the Grand Screen, to have reclining chairs. The Grand Screen is one of the largest in the country, spanning a massive six stories wide and three stories high. It is larger than a killer whale, literally.
    B&B Theatres, a family-owned company based out of Salisbury, held a gala fundraiser Thursday to support Good Samaritan of the Ozarks and to celebrate Patriot 12's grand opening.
    Guests filled the Grand Screen auditorium for a special sneak peek of the cinema's state-of-the-art facilities.
    Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman thanked the Bagby family, who own and operate B&B Theatres along with the Bills family (where B&B got its name), for its continued loyalty to the Waynesville community for the past 24 years.
     “It has been a joy to work with the Bagby family,” Hardman said. “This has been a relationship that has benefited this community beyond words. Not just in entertainment, but with work. This new theater has brought 50 new jobs to the community. The investment made in this community has been wonderful.”
    B&B owner Bob Bagby and his three children attended the gala. Britney, Brock, and Bobbie all work with the company.
    Brock Bagby reassured customers that despite rumors, ticket prices will remain the same in the regular auditoriums and $2 extra for the Marquee Suites.
    Gala guests got a sneak peak of the 12 auditoriums in the cinema,  leather rocker chairs, a full-service waiting staff and a full bar and grill.
    Only guests 21 years of age and older will be allowed to enter the suites, but guests do not have to buy a movie ticket to enjoy the bar and grill services.
    Thursday night's gala event kicked off B&B Theatres’ 60 days of fundraising for Good Samaritan of the Ozarks, a  nonprofit organization that provides food, shelter, clothing and money for community members in need.
    “Good Samaritan supports all facets of the family unit and they just do so much for the community.” Bobbie Bagby, of B&B, said. “We are so excited to kick this event off.”
    Page 2 of 2 - B&B Theatres Waynesville Cinema 8 closed its doors this past week.
    The city of Waynesville purchased the building from B&B, further strengthening the partnership, with future plans of making it the next Waynesville City Hall.
    Follow B&B Theatres Patriot 12 at facebook.com/bbwaynesvillePatriot12 and at bbtheatres.com.

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