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City bringing big-screen movies to downtown

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Starting Nov. 16, the city will show big-screen movies regularly at the Lynn Auditorium at City Hall. Tickets, at $3, will be available for purchase on show nights. They can also be picked up in advance at the box office in Room 311 of City Hall or by calling 781-599-SHOW. The kick-off movie on Nov. 16 is the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which will be shown at 8 p.m. Lynn was once home to more than 10 movie theaters. The city brought back movies on a limited basis when it showed children’s movies in the theater for a time after it completed a restoration project in 2004. But the movies were largely discontinued when the city began booking the theater for the live shows, according to James Marsh, the city’s director of community development. He said the city is now reintroducing movies, and this time is gearing them for adults and as well families. “The idea is to do movies more for the adult crowd, to get couples and families downtown to see a movie, then go out to eat before and after at any of the restaurants around,” he said. Moderately priced popcorn and other snacks, as well as beer and wine, will be sold at the movie screenings.

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