Naro Expanded Cinema builds loyal fan base

posted by CSWalczak on March 7, 2011 at 5:45 am

NORFOLK, VA — Since leasing the Naro Cinema in 1977, Tench Phillips and Thom Vourlas have built up a community of patrons that have consistently supportive of their classic single screen house. Now called the Naro Expanded Cinema, the cinema’s programming which includes mainstream, indie, and documentary films, attracts people from often many miles away.

Despite the intense competition that exists today, Phillips and Vourlas have survived by building a family of loyal movie-goers who choose to attend a film at the Naro when the same one may be showing in their neighborhood. Walter and Susan Russell often drive in from their home in Virginia Beach.

“We could go to other theaters but we prefer the Naro,” says Susan Russell, who likes the theater’s mission and its atmosphere. “We’re concerned about what might happen if we didn’t have the Naro. It offers things that nobody does. They’re the bulwark of the intellectual movie community.”

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