Movies are returning to Morristown within two weeks.
But will Fluffy be back?
A spokesman for AMC said Tuesday that the chain moves into the former Clearview Cinemas at Headquarters Plaza on Oct. 7, 2013, and will begin showing films “in the next week or two.”
But spokesman Ryan Noonan could not say whether Eric “Fluffy” Glover, whose comical ticket-taking routine has delighted a generation of Morristown moviegoers, has been re-hired.
Fluffy, 52, said over the weekend that he has applied to the new owners for his old job.
“I’m hoping they hire me back,” said the sunny giant, who worked for AMC when it opened at Headquarters Plaza in 1987 and stayed when the Clearview chain took over.
Ryan said he could not discuss job candidates; he encouraged anyone interested to apply online.
AMC’s game plan for the cinema is to re-open the entire 10-plex, which closed in June, and commence renovations early in 2014.
“We should be done with the majority of the construction by late spring, and we will renovate the theater (auditoriums, concession stand, etc.) in phases to ensure guests can still come see the great new releases coming to the big screen during the next few months,” Ryan said via email.
New screens, speakers and digital projectors are going into all the auditoriums, and most will be 3D-capable. Presently, there are no plans for an IMAX screen, according to Ryan.
There will be fresh paint, new carpets, and renovated restrooms.
Ryan also promised “the most comfortable power recliners imaginable,” and better concessions that include traditional fare– popcorn and candy–along with chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, French fries, jalapeño poppers, pizza and Coca-Cola Freestyle.
No word yet on whether the menu will include indie films.
The landlords at Headquarters Plaza are pretty excited, according to a statement they issued.
“The enthusiasm from the community for the re-opening of the movie theatre has been overwhelming,” said Seth Schochet, vice president of the commercial division of The Olnick Organization, which developed Headquarters Plaza in partnership with Fisher Development Associates.
“The theater has been a fixture in Morristown since the 1980’s and we are very excited that we were able to bring AMC back to Morristown and Headquarters Plaza.”
But the burning question for area fans remains: What about Fluffy?
“This guy deserves that job, no one is as happy doing that job as he is and his happiness rubs off onto every person whose ticket he cuts. Give it to him!!!” wrote a Morristown Green reader named Dylan.
“You can’t put a price tag on that type of marketing,” chimed in another reader, Cock Maloney.
In an era of uncaring customer service, Fluffy is “a jewel in the crown,” said reader Kieran Kole.
Kelli Evans described Fluffy in Hollywood terms:
“Better than any blockbuster movie,” she declared.