Frontier Village cinema to reopen on August 14

The renovated Frontier Village cinema will reopen next week as the Picture Show Movie Theatre.

Cinema owner Jeff Stedman of Colorado Springs  has invested $2 million in the cinema, which is  located above the Frontier Village shopping center on Highway 69.

The theater features 10 screens and seats a maximum of 750 people. The Frontier Village cinema will be the eighth in the Picture Show chain. Stedman has owned the company for nine and a half years and previously was CFO of Cinemark for more than 20 years.

Picture Show will have a grand opening for the public Wednesday following a private ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.

The opening follows months of renovation work, Stedman said.”We have totally redone every aspect of the theater,” Stedman said. “We are adding state-of-the-art seating, which is the best of the industry.” The seats will be electric reclining chairs, Stedman said. “We put in all new sound equipment as well as all new digital projection,” Stedman said, adding that the cinema is equipped for 3D projection.

In addition to featuring first-run movies, the Picture Show will offer beer and wine bar and an expanded menu. The concession stand also features hamburgers, French fries, chicken tenders, pizza and ice cream.

I’m excited for this new chapter for the theater and hope only the best for it’s success.

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National Geographic names Prescott “America’s Adventure Town”

Kayak in Prescott

Prescott has something to offer for everyone, especially the outdoor enthusiast. Will numerous lakes, hiking & bike trails, overlooks and twisty, curvy roads, the Prescott area has a variety of outdoor activities to participate in year round. It doesn’t take long to figure out why people come from all over to kayak on Watson Lake, rock climb on the Prescott Dells, run in the annual Whiskey Row Marathon and participate in the Whiskey Off-Road event.

Having four seasons makes Prescott an attractive place to live, work and play. With so much to do here, there is even more if you choose to venture nearby. Want to ski or snowboard? The Arizona Snowbowl is just 90 minutes away and will cure any snow craving that you may have. Take in some sun or wake board on Lake Pleasant in the valley of the sun just 75 minutes the other way.

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Real Estate Listing Photos: Worth More than 1000 Words?

This is a wonderful article about the importance of having quality photos for your listing. In this modern real estate era, it could be the difference between getting a showing or not, and is true more often than not. With approx. 90 percent of home buyers starting their search online you can’t afford to not make your home stand out. Without crisp, bright wide angle photos taken by a professional you are at the mercy of dark, narrow, crooked low res photos taken by an agent usually with little effort from their point and shoot camera or cell phone. If your listing photos are bad then all the marketing in the world will not attract buyers if the house doesn’t look attractive.

With a photography background and thousands of virtual tour shoots under his belt, Royce Stringer of the Stringer Real Estate Group will make your house look incredible, leading to more showings and often a higher selling price. The question you should ask yourself is “Why am a willing to pay an agent a commission if they aren’t willing to spend any time or money marketing my property and representing me”?”

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Modern Day Heroes-19 Local Firefighters Lose their Lives in Yarnell Fire

Granite Mountain Hotshots Crew

Words cannot express how deeply saddened I am to hear the news today of our brave local Hotshots crew perishing today. These brave individuals put their lives on the line daily and push it to the limit to protect individuals of their community. These firemen are modern day heroes along with men serving in the armed forces and police. They are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect you and me, without giving a second thought and usually go unrecognized and under appreciated for their efforts.

I pray for the families of todays fallen heroes and ask that God watch over this country now more than ever in these trying times. I am honored to live in a country with so many brave men and women standing shoulder to shoulder to provide us with the resources to continue on with our daily lives. I believe we should all ask for forgiveness if we have ever taken these individuals for granted and overlooked the protection they provide. From the bottom of my heart I would like to say “THANK YOU” to this brave unit and offer my condolences again to their families.

Next time you see a man or women in uniform, take time to say thank you and offer to buy them a meal if you see them in line at a restaurant or ask their server if you can pay their bill. If you pass them on the street with your kids; tell them “there are the real heroes of this world, they may not wear capes or masks to hide their identity but they also serve unselfishly without recognition.
Thanks again guys!

Eye Tracking Study by WSJ states importance of Primary Listing Photo

An article by the Wall Street Journal talks about how important making a good first impression is when it comes to listings. The article tracks users eyes and where they tend to focus on initially as well as where they wonder and end up before clicking away.

It’s not hard to figure out by being aware of yourself when you look at online listings. The article states that 95% of users look at the primary exterior photo for an average of 20 seconds and many people decide then and there if they wish to venture further in finding more information about the listing or decide to click back and move on to another house. Making your home stand out among the rest online is probably the most important thing you can do to promote showings for your home. The right listing photo could make or break your chances for showings. There are many beautiful homes out there that will not get the exposure they deserve simply because the home doesn’t look desirable.

Researchers tracking the eye movements of subjects who looked at online home listings found that more than 95% of users viewed the first photo—the one that usually shows the exterior of the home—for a total of 20 seconds. After that, their eyes tended to flit all over

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