COOS BAY — With spring break rapidly approaching, students in the area will have something extra to look forward to as the Egyptian Theatre is expanding its programming just for them.

Executive director Kara Long said the theater will show 2 p.m. matinees on March 24-26 in addition to its regularly scheduled events.

"I just had to make sure I have enough volunteers because I'm effectively asking them to work three additional days," Long said. 

The theater is already booking "Shark Tale" for the afternoon of March 22. Long said a second showing will take place March 24.

The theater will then show "Ice Age" on March 25 and 26, leading into the weekend, which will feature the third Harry Potter movie, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

Adding to the festivities during the week, the theater will have an Easter egg treasure hunt in partnership with the Coos Bay Downtown Association.

"It's a Facebook-driven venture, and all the clues will be released by 10 a.m. each morning," Long said. "We'll have a giant basket of Easter eggs filled with stuff, with at least 50 stuffed from local businesses."

Long said the theater is looking at conducting the treasure hunt over at least four days and pointed to the positive economic impact it could have on participating businesses as a result of increased traffic.

"When I did it in Ohio, businesses were really happy because hundreds of people were coming in," Long said. "We'd hope it creates an economic impact on downtown so if someone goes into a restaurant looking for clues, and say they didn't know that it had the best clam chowder, families might choose to eat there."

Long said the theater will continue to look at adding more events in the future to collaborate with local businesses.

"I just want to say how wonderful this community is, and we look forward to enhancing what's going on," Long said.

Reporter Devan Patel can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 249, or by email at devan.patel@theworldlink.com. Follow him on Twitter: @DevanJPatel.

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