"Potter" Brings a Little Magic to the Zeus

By: Janelle Lilley Email
By: Janelle Lilley Email

It was a magical night at theaters around the country when "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" brought in $24 million Thursday night.

That made it the third largest midnight showing on record.

At the new Zeus Theater in Waynesboro, 450 fans showed up for the screening. For a theater that has only been open for a few weeks, the owner says it made a huge impact on his revenue and on the theater's reputation.

"Probably, 75 percent of the people that came last night had not been to the theater before which was exactly what we were looking for is trying to expand our customer base, if you will. So, I think it certainly helped us," says owner Brett Hayes.

The Zeus Theater expects those numbers to carry through the weekend. The theater has already presold more than 300 tickets for all this evening's shows.

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