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Christmas At The Movies

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While many places keep their doors closed on Christmas, it's actually one of the busiest days for The Grand 16 movie theater in Pier Park. 

"People by far don't believe that," says John Campe, General Manager at The Grand 16. "Until they come experience it firsthand themselves."

Campe has worked in the theater business and on Christmas for over 30 years. "I hate it for my kids and hate it for 36 years not being able to spend Christmas with my family, but we're here business is open and we're glad to have them," says Campe.

As soon as the theater opened it's doors at noon on Tuesday they had sold over 800 tickets the first round. Business so big, Campe says it will end up being one of the biggest days yet of 2012.

Campe says today was much busier than last Christmas. "It's about double what came over the same period of times as last year," says Campe.

"we played like monopoly and hung out and stuff and now we're going to see a movie.."

For Dustin Sikes, going to see a movie was something to do with the entire family after celebrating Christmas. "We played like monopoly and hung out and stuff and now we're going to see a movie," says Sikes.

But for others, it's tradition.

"Have you seen movies on Christmas before?"

"Ya, we go on Thanksgiving too," answers Kelly Kupris, who was headed to see Django Unchained.

Django Unchained made it's debut in theaters Tuesday along with Les Miserables and Parental Guidance. 

Movies that were selling out almost every show on Tuesday at The Grand 16 in Pier Park. 

The theater will resume starting shows at 10am Wednesday.