Carmike to show Little League World Series games for free

Carmike Cinemas announced Wednesday it would show live, on a big digital screen, all of the Little League World Series games played by the Columbus Northern All-Stars.

The games will be shown at the Carmike 15 on Whittlesey Boulevard.

The first game is Saturday at 3 p.m.

The event is free to all fans. There is limited seating and the first fans arriving get the seats.

“It will be shown in two theaters each with 325 seats,” said Dale Hurst, the director of marketing for Carmike.

To maximize the ballpark atmosphere, Carmike will be selling hot dogs, peanuts, cotton candy, popcorn and soft drinks inside the auditorium.

“We had such a good time four years ago we decided to do it again,” Hurst said.

He added that if the team makes the championship game, it might be shown in the theater’s “Big D” auditorium.

“We are proud to put our kids on the big silver screen along with the Hollywood fanfare of a world premiere,” said Gary Krannacker, vice president of operations for Carmike.

Krannacker said that to add to the ballpark atmosphere, home runs and strikeouts will be celebrated with prizes distributed to the audience.

Hurst said showing these games is a public service, but, in the future, Carmike may sell tickets and show sports events such as the Super Bowl.

“If you can’t be at the game live, this is the next best way to experience the excitement of our All-Stars competing in the Little League World Series,” he said.

Related stories from Columbus Ledger-Enquirer