Last Friday's initial movie of the season for the Yellow Creek Theater kicked off with a record crowd in attendance to see ''The Little Mermaid.'' It was the opening of a special season as YCT reaches its 10th anniversary.
''We had so many people last Friday that it was a record turnout,'' said YCT founder and director Joanne Eiselstein. ''People filled all levels of the amphitheater, and the concession was a continuous flow all night.''
One question that came up during the first show involved some of the movies on this year's list. Eiselstein said YCT works with a movie distributor and buys a public performance license to be able to show full-length classic movies. The movie line up for this season includes classics like ''Gilda'' from 1946, ''The Philedelphia Story'' from 1940, ''East of Eden'' from 1955, and ''Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'' from 1969. The newest movie is the 1989 ''Batman,'' showing on Aug. 15.
'''Batman' is 25 years old this year, making it a classic,'' Eiselstein said. ''It has made it into the classic range.''
The season will wrap up on Aug. 22 with the showing of ''The Wizard of Oz'' from 1939. Eiselstein said it will be a special treat because not many, if any, have seen the age-old classic on the wide screen before.
''I think a lot of people will be impressed seeing ''The Wizard of Oz'' on the big screen,'' she said. ''It puts the film in a whole new light.''
She said it was an important part of the line up this year, as the movie is turning 75. Combined with YCT's 10th anniversary, the finale screening honors the two milestones reached.
The pavilion has been an important part of this season as well. Eiselstein said when YCT first started, they had to put the equipment under a tent. The following year, a portable gazebo was purchased, but it was starting to leak and was a pain to put up and tear down and store each week.
The new permanent pavilion not only protects the equipment, but also helps decrease the work in putting a portable structure in storage each week.
The 2014 movie season runs until Aug 22. For a complete schedule, go to www.yellowcreektheater.com.