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Going to the theater: a holiday tradition for some

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For many people in Acadiana, going to the movies has become as much of a holiday tradition as decorating the Christmas tree. 

"It's a way that connects us all together. It's something we can do that's planned that we don't have to think about too much. It's already scheduled out for us, and we can just go and connect, and then afterward, go and talk about it," explained Lauren Phillips of Lafayette.

"It's a good way to spend time together," said Reece Forman while arriving at The Grand Theatre in Lafayette. "What she said," echoed her twin brother, Ryder Foreman. 

Many families were going to see the 1946 Jimmy Stewart Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life, which is back on the big screen this year for the holidays. 

"I've actually never seen the whole thing, and you know, being able to see the whole thing with my family on Christmas Eve is kind of a special thing, so it's nice to be able to do that," explained Mathew Ortego. 

"Our family loves Christmas movies, and it's an old one, so we're meeting all of our family here, and we're gonna do that before Christmas Eve service," said Karen Kriegbaum, of Lafayette, alongside her son.  

Others are just taking advantage of the extra free time allotted by the holidays. 

"It's my day off, not really doing much today, doing it more in the evening time, so I figured why not just come out and watch a good movie," explained Devin Reppond, of Lafayette, who was about to go see the new Star Wars movie 

"I'm spending time with my girlfriend where we don't have the kids, and we're just gonna spend time together," said Aaron Neely, of Lafayette. 

Some say going to the movies is just a frequent activity for them. 

"We go more often than every holiday. We go like, almost every weekend, honestly," explained Izzy Sabbaghian, who was with her younger brother, Adam.

"Movies are pretty much my thing. I come every holiday: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas. I'll probably be coming back tomorrow," said Jake Barousse, of Carencro. 

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