Wasilla movie theater reopens after Saturday fire


WASILLA, Alaska (KTUU) - The Valley Cinema in Wasilla was evacuated and closed Saturday after a fire started in the building's tool room, according to the Mat-Su Borough.

The fire started sometime around 12 p.m. Saturday according to Malinda Beiler, a customer who says she was there when the theater was evacuated. Beiler says she saw at least 75 people evacuated by emergency responders.

The theater reopened on Sunday. MSB Emergency Services Director Ken Barkley says they have cut off power to the tool room and as far as he knows there is no other safety threat at this time.

"The sprinkler system did as designed," Barkley said. "The only damage is water damage. The fire department got there and secured the sprinkler system, shut it off, and really that was all they had to do."

A Valley Cinemas recorded message said the theater would honor the movie tickets of anyone evacuated Saturday.

"If you have purchased a ticket for Saturday, or if you were here earlier in the day when the fire alarm went off, we will still honor that," the recorded message said, "as long as you have the booking collection code or the ticket stub."

Valley Cinemas opened in 2011, and is owned and operated by the Coming Attractions Theaters chain. KTUU reached out to the chain for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

MSB says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the fire was caused by an electrical issue.

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