‘Barbie’ movie debuts in Kodiak after weeks of excitement


Barbie finally premiered in Kodiak on Friday, August 11. The film has grossed over a billion dollars worldwide and taken the internet by storm. Most theaters premiered the movie last month, but the Orpheum Theatre in Kodiak only has one show room and had other films running at the time.

Staff and attendees were adorned in pink for the showing, August 11, 2023. (Brian Venua/KMXT)

Teresa Novakovich was one patron in line early to see the film for the first time. She says she was interested in seeing the movie’s social commentary.

“I’m really excited about that, that it’s not just another film to entertain us, but maybe that has a good message and that’s what I’m hoping for,” she said. “And I also loved Barbies as a kid!”

Katherynn Hollis-Buchanan on the other hand saw it a few weeks ago while on a trip to Anchorage. She says she wasn’t particularly interested in the movie before seeing it the first time, but is at the Kodiak premiere with friends. 

“I just really think they did a great job of making her like, She stays a doll the whole time and it’s incredible how she did that as an actress,” she said.

The theater was almost completely sold out on its first showing on Friday. The movie had the audience laughing while also tackling serious topics like facets of a patriarchal society. 

The Orpheum Theatre currently has Barbie slated to run through August 18, but could continue showing the film another week, depending on patronage. 


Editor’s Note: As a disclaimer, Bradly Cobban, a member of KMXT staff, also works at the Orpheum Theater.

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