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After presents, people seek holiday movies (Video)

By BY CAROLINA ASTRAIN - CASTRAIN@VICAD.COM
Dec. 25, 2012 at 6:25 a.m.
Updated Dec. 26, 2012 at 6:26 a.m.

Union Brooks, 18, left, and Heaven Stanley, 17, both of Goliad, weigh their movie-going options  at Cinemark 12 Victoria. The couple decided to spend Christmas with a marathon of movies at the theater and planned to see new releases "Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables."

Christmas Day movies

• Parental Guidance*

• Les Miserables*

• Django Unchained*

• This is 40

• Rise of the Guardians

• Monsters Inc.

• Lincoln

• Jack Reacher

• The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

• The Guilt Trip

  • premiered Christmas Day

SOURCE: Internet Movie Database

A whipping wind ran through a line of residents stuffed with holiday ham.

Babies in arm, grandfathers in their Christmas best and multi-colored manicured teens trickled into the Cinemark Theatre off North Navarro Street to see the movies they had been waiting for all year.

"Les Miserables," "Django Unchained" and "Zero Dark Thirty" were predicted to be the top three most watched holiday films for the season, according to a study by Networked Insights.

With her thumb trapped between her teeth, Heaven Stanley, 17, had trouble deciding what she wanted to see first.

The Goliad High School junior's red-ribboned snow boots kicked back and forth as she and Union Brooks, 18, mulled over their first pick.

After a few seconds of silence, the high school juniors chose "Django Unchained" to start off their Christmas Day movie marathon.

"Christmas Day is a good day for it," Brooks said. "This is our Christmas present to ourselves."

Wearing a casual, blue denim button-up shirt and pants, Kevin VanHook purchased 16 tickets for an evening viewing of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."

VanHook said he bought the tickets for family and friends to use after dinner.

"I'm not a Tarantino fan, but the actors and plot lured me in," VanHook said. "It'll be good to expose the younger kids to what slavery was like."

In a solid black Victoria Fine Arts Association T-shirt and three-inch tall sunglasses, Le Olive Rogge, 83, and her daughter Marcy Rogge, 58, were just in time for the first "Les Miserables" viewing at the local Cinemark.

"I was afraid it wasn't going to come here," Le Olive Rogge said. "We've been waiting for this all year."

For Michaela Schroeder, 17, this was her third year celebrating Christmas at the movies.

The Victoria West High School student was there to see "Les Miserables" with her sisters, mother and sister's boyfriend.

After hosting Christmas dinner for 45 guests, Jamie S. Cryan, 65, said an empty house gave her an excuse to get away from the post-holiday cleanup.

"I'm looking forward to popcorn, pickles and coke," Cryan said. "This is my chance to unwind."

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