As we close 2016, an infamous year in about ever respect, we can celebrate the the fact that this is the year we saw our vision for the Grail become a reality. A year ago we were swimming in permits, construction delays and numerous other challenges. It wasn't until May that wecovertly opened the theater with three of our favorite classic films. This soft opening was a gamble. We didn't know if all of the systems were in place for smooth operations, and we frankly learned as we went. We made some mistakes along the way, but were also improving every day that we were open. This is something we still strive to do every day.
Our vision of a three screen cinema capable of screening the latest blockbuster along side smaller art and independent titles slowly began to take shape. It was our idea that downtown Asheville would support a space like this, and now we can say that we were on to something. This holiday season has shown us that we can present a film like Rogue One alongside films like The Eagle Huntress, Dying to Know, The Brand New Testament and a classic like It's a Wonderful Life and each one would find an eager audience.
We've also been very proud to feature a number of special events this year ranging from the premieres of Queer Moxie, Cutting Chai and Little Sister, to community events like Equal Means Equal, Democracy for Sale, Christopher's Garden and so many more. Making the Grail a special space to see locally produced content was one of our primary goals for the theater and we will continue to seek local partners to make this happen.
As we close out he year we have to thank each and every one of you who have made it down that long hallway and discovered the Grail. We know many of you by name and hundreds by your faces. We appreciate every moment you have chosen to join us here and hope that you have seen some great films. We'll keep 'em coming. We'll see you at the movies!
Steve and Davida