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Star Theater
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Owner description: Travel back in time to when a night at the movies was still affordable and fun: this 300 seat Depression-era movie house features sofa seating (only 3) and a super tub of popcorn with real butter for $4. A real mom and pop theater. On the West Virginia Historic Theater Trail. In 2013, the Star went digital!
Reviewed January 31, 2013

We have always loved the Star Theatre, but the new screen and upgraded digital equipment makes such a difference. We usually reserve a sofa but decided too late this time to get one. The seats were very comfortable and as always we enjoyed the popcorn.

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popcornempress, Owner at Star Theater, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

Thanks! It's great to be appreciated. We did it for you.

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We went to a movie on Friday night. Some of the locals had told us to ask for a couch, which we did. The experience of this old theater is so much fun. The old popcorn machine is still popping and they serve popcorn with real butter! Sitting on the couch was like being at home with a big screen. We loved it.

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popcornempress, Owner at Star Theater, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2013

Glad you liked the popcorn and couch -- both are what really make the Star special. We like to think it's better than being at home because you get to share the experience with all your new best friends.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Don't leave Berkeley Springs without seeing a movie at the Star Theatre. Family run, classic cinema experience. $4.50 for an adult....$3 popcorn. The seats could use an upgrade, but it works. Reserve the couches in advance for 50 cents. Seriously!

Thank Jim S
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popcornempress, Owner at Star Theater, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2013

Glad you enjoyed the Star. Seats are next on our list after we absorb some of the phenomenal cost of going digital so we could keep the doors open.

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

You can't beat the popcorn and candy treats as well as an affordable movie experience.

Only negative aspect is the need for many seats to be repaired or updated because they are well worn.

Thank Denise W
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popcornempress, Owner at Star Theater, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2013

Always happy when someone enjoys their visit to the Star. Thanks for coming. Once we accumulate some money after spending tens of thousands on going digital so the Star could stay open, we plan to find some improved seats.

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

First off: if you do not enjoy the quirky architecture of old theaters and the old time feel, this will not be a good place for you to see a movie.

I happen to love these kind of theaters because they take you back in time, which I find fascinating. The cash register is an old mechanical punch register, the snack bar and ticket prices are very low, and the theater has a special ambiance. People were literally sitting around talking to one another (strangers mind you) prior to the movie start. Where else can you get that?

No, this place does not have all the bells and whistles of your modern digital theaters, but you expect that when you come to a place like this. I think a lot of the negative reviews are from people who just do not understand the purpose of classic theaters such as this.

Only negative was the projector. Since it is manually adjusted at the start of the film, the projectionist focused on one scene for focusing, meaning that there were many other scenes in the movie that were slightly out of focus. Not a major issue, but again, you must have the right set of expectations when coming into a theater like this.

Everyone raves about the popcorn and I must admit, it is really good. The hand melted butter is a nice touch.

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popcornempress, Owner at Star Theater, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2012

We love watching visitors come to the Star and immediately become "one of the gang" chatting with other visitors or locals. The projectionist apologizes. He usually tries to focus using eyeballs to focus on and occasionally there are no eyeballs when the movie starts and he may not check later.

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