Punching the Clock: Colonia: The Movie

By Katherine Waters

Sun Staff Intern

The scene begins in The Colonia Theater in Norwich. It is 6:15 p.m. and the lights turn on to reveal the lobby of the theater. Assistant manager Linda Steiss enters with reporter Katherine Waters.

STEISS: This is a hurry up and wait kind of business. We start our evening at 5:30 p.m. so we can clean and get the theater ready for customers.

Colonia Theater employees, Joe Krug and Brie Levesque enter behind the candy counter, waiting for the first customers.

WATERS: [turning towards Levesque] How do you enjoy working at the Colonia?

LEVESQUE: I really enjoy it. It is a fun part-time job.

Waters walks behind the candy counter to learn how to serve popcorn and soda.

STEISS: [to Waters] Just donít burn yourself on the popcorn machine.

The employees continue in a soft murmur as the clock loudly ticks the seconds by. Each employee slowly ends their conversation to look at the time. The sound of voices and cars drift from the open front door. The clock continues to tick loudly until 6:30 p.m., when the first three customers wander into the theater.

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