Movies On Christmas: A Family Tradition (VIDEO)

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

December 26, 2013 Updated Dec 26, 2013 at 12:24 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Almost every place is closed on Christmas—except for the movie theater. We visited Carmike in Jefferson Pointe to ask families their reasons for being at the movies Christmas Day.

On Christmas Day the Carmike Theater in Jefferson Pointe was just as busy as it normally is on a weekend.

Christmas Day is one the busiest days of the year for movie theaters, and everyone has their own reasons for being there.

Tim Atkins of Bluffton jokingly alluded his family was at the movies because it was a tradition that began with Baby Jesus. "We understand that at the beginning of Christmas, they actually had a movie playing outside of the stable. And it was called the "Story of the Birth" and they had arrows pointing to the stable,” he said.

Aiden Shifflett, 8, of Fort Wayne indicated he had nothing else to do the rest of the day. "I opened all my presents already and so I have no other house to go to, to open other presents."

For this mother-son duo, it was more of a spur of the moment thing to catch the new movie, “47 Ronin” "Well, she loves Keanu Reeves and it's something that came out today, something that we could do together,” said son Colt Huffman of Bluffton.

But for the Mann Family, it's their Holiday tradition. "Every year me and my family like to come here for Christmas and watch a movie together. It's something nice we do,” said Dalton, one of the children.

Father Joe Mann says the tradition began when he was a child. "Well my father's birthday is on Christmas Eve, so we always would go to the movies on Christmas Eve as a family. And since I've got my own family and we live farther away from them, we decided to go on Christmas Day,” he said.

The Manns went to see “Anchorman 2”, but some in the family would say picking which movie to see is fixed.

"All of us throw our choices in, and then it's whatever my dad wants to see,” said Dalton.

"That's exactly what I was going to say because it's always his choice,” agreed sister Madalyn Mann.

But no matter what the individual reasons may be, these movie-going families all have one thing in common. "It's just about spending time with your family, you know?” said Huffman.

Several movies had their release on Christmas Day, but the most popular ones appeared to be “Saving Mr. Banks”, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, and “Anchorman 2”.

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