Plano doesn’t have a movie theater, but that didn’t stop fans from lining up on Saturday, May 18 to buy movie tickets there. Some waited in line all night at the Plano Walmart Supercenter to buy tickets to see a special screening of “Man of Steel” on Thursday, June 13.
“We’ve had people here since about 11 last night,” said Walmart manager Eric Isaacson early Saturday morning. He said, through an exclusive agreement between Walmart and Warner Bros., most stores had tickets for the early screening.
The Plano store had 450 tickets for the screening at WOW 7 Cinema in Sandwich. Isaacson said that number was split between 3-D and 2-D. Tickets went on sale at 8 a.m., and the 3-D tickets sold out quickly.
As the line grew and sale time neared, Walmart staffers urged the crowd to to cheer and applaud for a closed-circuit feed to the home office in Bentonville, Ark.
Two years ago, downtown Plano was transformed to become Smallville for most of the summer. Local residents, as well as Superman fans from around the Midwest, have anxiously awaited the release of the film staring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.
“This has been great for the city, for the whole area, really,” said Plano Ward 3 Alderman Alan Holt as he waited in line.
“It was a nice economic shot in the arm,” Holt said.
“I watched some of the filming. I’m a big Superman fan,” said William Becker of Plano, as he waited in line.
“I remember a few of the detours,” said Leland resident Michael Sparpaglione.
Gloria Meyer of Sandwich came to buy tickets to see if she made it into the movie. She said she was called to be an extra for one 12-hour day of filming at Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich.
“When they called I asked if they didn’t want my grandson. They said he was too old, but I looked like a 1979 nurse,” she said with a laugh. Meyer said her daughter actually is a nurse at the hospital.
“I saw Kevin Costner, but didn’t get to talk to him.
“He seemed really nice, though,” Meyer said.
Later that morning, Dylan Sprayberry, who played the teen Clark Kent, was on hand to meet fans and sign autographs.
Museum to open June 15
The long-awaited grand opening of the Smallville Museum will be Saturday, June 15 at the Plano Train Depot, 101 W. Main St. Many props used for the movie, costumes and souvenirs will be displayed from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The second annual Smallville Superfest is scheduled for Aug. 16-18. The Smallville Superfest Committee has many super events scheduled with more being planned. For more information, find Smallville Superfest on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.