Mark Mazrimas of Classic Cinemas recently gave us the lowdown on how the summer movies are doing at the Lake Theatre. The Lake showed foresight, investing in 3D technology a few years back. In fact, Mazrimas points out, they were the first theater in the Chicago market to do so. They now have two screens devoted to 3D and he says it’s not enough.

Toy Story 3D is “gangbusters,” Mazrimas says. “Our challenge has been not enough seats.” The Last Airbender, meanwhile, opened on July 1 and the animated Despicable Me opens on July 9. All are in 3D. To keep up with all the 3D films being released, he says, Classic Cinemas added 3D to two of their theaters at the North Riverside Mall.

On the vampire front, Twilight Saga: The Eclipse opened on Wednesday, June 30 at 12:01 a.m. (a good time for aspiring vampires, no doubt). They had already sold 400 tickets by the previous Monday.

The Lake also offers a Wednesday morning movie series for families during the summer. “Lots of support for $1 movies at 10 a.m.,” Mazrimas reports.

Not much luck on the art film front for those of us who don’t live for blockbusters, but Mazrimas says they’re hoping to land The Kids Are All Right, starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, sometime in July.

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