The smell of fresh popcorn filled the lobby, as the small group entered the theater. The snack bar was self-serve, since it was free anyway, although one or two people usually served everyone else. Otherwise it got a bit crowded behind the counter.
The candy selection seemed to change every week, and at times it could get very weird. No one knew what a chocolate covered Meklo was, and no one wanted to find out either. One thing that never changed was the popcorn. It was always ready, and always fresh. No one seemed to question who prepared it.
Fred the Nerd was the first one into the theater, but as the others gathered their snacks, he came back out.
"Someone is in there! I don't know who it is!" Walking backwards, Fred stumbled over a kink in the carpet, spilling soda and popcorn everywhere.
Verna walked over to the doors, and glanced inside. "Oh no worries. I know who it is. He's not dangerous... at least not to us. However, don't sit next to him, or bother him. He likes his solitude."
The small group of Kinship citizens sat in the back rows, and many of the newcomers wondered who the man was. The movie wasn't that much different from the original, except the small girl was a boy in this version.
About halfway through the movie, the theater light's flashed on and off. The projection of the movie vibrated, got blurry, and eventually froze. A burning spot appeared, and then there was a high pitched wail. Then a strange, vibrantly colored vortex appeared on the screen.
Larry got to his feet. "Maybe we better leave?"
A loud roar came over the speakers, and everyone jumped to their feet, except the man in the middle row. Popcorn, candy, and soda was either dropped, or discarded.
Verna was clutching her hands together. "This isn't right. We better get the sheriff."
The vortex grew in size, and something... monstrous was moving through it, into the theater. The man stood, and in his hand he held an Uzi. Raising it towards the beast, he started firing, a stream of glowing bullets hitting the beast. It roared in pain, and a tentacle reached out, and knocked the firearm out of the man's hand.
The man looked back, and most who recognized the man, gasped in surprise.
"You folks better leave now. I'll handle this." A sword then appeared from somewhere, and the man turned back toward the monster. He jumped up on the seat, and leaped towards the monster. Covering twenty feet easily, the man landed on the monsters chest, and shoved the sword into the monster.
A dagger appeared in the man's other hand, and he began stabbing the tentacles that were now writhing around his body. The monster reeled, and fell back into the vortex, taking the man with him. With a whoosh and a pop, the vortex closed. The monster and the man were both gone. The movie resumed playing.
Larry, a newcomer, scratched his head. "Was that? I mean, I've seen the photos, but..."
Verna chuckled. "Yeah, that was Elvis, not sure if it was Elvis Prime or not, but it doesn't matter. He always seems to show up when he's needed. It's a shame that his movie night was interrupted. Think I'll go tell the sheriff what happened. I need some coffee now anyway..."
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