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Christmas at the Movies

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Christmas and Cinema its a tradition woven into the fabric of American culture.

That tradition is as old as movies are, said Bruce Taylor, manager and owner of Collins Road Theatres.

Yes, times have changed, gears have rusted, and old school reels have flashed their last frame, giving way to digital technology - but the idea remains the same.

There's something fun about going out to the movies instead of just watching them at your house, moviegoer Joey Kennally said.

Collins Road Theatres says December 25th is usually one of their busiest days.

Business has been brisk, everybody comes to see whatever movie strikes their fancy, Taylor said.

But what fuels the fascination with Christmas day movies? One theory may come with a kernel of truth.

They got the best popcorn in town, said moviegoer Al Pratt. Just something fun to do instead of sitting around eating bad foodwe eat good popcorn.

Others say it's a chance to bond.

To spend time with my parentsit's the only thing that's open, Kennally said. 

Yet for some it provides a more literal holiday escape.

After a while they just get tired of Uncle Ben's old jokes and they go to the movies to find something to do, Taylor said.

The holiday season is a time to celebrate, but it can also provide a bit of a separation between religions and traditions.

Taylor says under this roof however, in the cathedral that is American cinema, everyone is welcome no matter the reason why.

Regardless of what their religious beliefs are, they're all in the same boat, looking for something to do, Taylor said.

You usually spend it with your family, so it's fun to be with other people on Christmas, Kennally said.
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