Sawmill Theatres Open Wednesday

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Clear your schedule, call the baby sitter and turn off your cell phone.

The long-awaited, oft-delayed Sawmill Theatres cineplex is opening Wednesday evening.

That's right, would-be filmgoers. On Thanksgiving eve, Payson will officially make the glitzy transition from zero movie screens to six.

The only alteration to the original opening-weekend plan is a reduction of showings Wednesday and Thursday, Deveny said.

"Wednesday, we'll just have two evening showings of each film. I know that kids get out of school early that day, but we need that extra time to get ready and make sure everything is top quality.

"Thanksgiving we'll run three showings of each film starting in the late afternoon. But from Friday forward, we'll have a full-blown slate of showings, with matinees and at least four showings a day of each movie."

The opening-week film lineup is as follows:

"Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas." As if you didn't already know, a latex-embalmed Jim Carrey stars as the Grinch that holiday ogre with spiders in his brain and a heart full of unwashed socks. Ron Howard directed this live-action retelling of the Suess classic and 1960s TV-special chestnut. Co-stars Molly Shannon, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski and Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who.

"102 Dalmatians." Glenn Close returns as puppy-hating Cruella De Vil in this slapstick sequel to the live-action remake of the 1961 animated original co-starring Gerard Depardieu as fellow dognapper Jean Pierre Le Pelt.

"Unbreakable." Bruce Willis and M. Night Shymalan (the star and writer-director of "The Sixth Sense") collaborate once again on this supernatural thriller about a man who survives a devastating train crash without a scrape. Samuel L. Jackson plays a stranger with a bizarre explanation for Bruce's survival.

"Charlie's Angels." Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu take over the lead roles in this critically savaged movie version of the 1970s "jiggle" TV show. John Forsythe returns as the voice of Charlie, and Bill Murray, of all showfolk, plays Bosley, the femmes' immediate supervisor. Director: a fellow who goes by the name of "McG."

"The Sixth Day." Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to action mode in this futuristic epic about a man who discovers he has secretly been cloned.

"Rugrats in Paris." Why? Well, "The Rugrats Movie," based on Nickleodeon's hugely popular animated series, coined more than $100 million. That's why.

As for the theater itself, there is still much work to be done between now and Wednesday evening.

"They'll probably be finished laying down the carpeting today (Monday) or tomorrow," Deveny said. "We still need to check all the projectors for light and sound quality and potential problems to make sure everything is perfect. I'm really into presentation. I don't want to turn these things on and have problems.

"But the seats are done, the screens are done, the aisle lighting is done, Pepsi is here right now installing their stuff. The marquee is up, but we don't have the letters on it yet."

And how is Deveny holding up?

"Well, I haven't seen my family in days. I've been breathing cement dust for weeks. But it's really exciting to be able to say, 'We are opening Wednesday.'"

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