The wet weather in Marlborough has had indoor entertainment spots in Blenheim bursting at the seams this week.
Everyone was relieved it had quietened down a little yesterday to a more manageable level.
Top Town Cinema, in Blenheim, had every show for the movie Philomena sold out on Wednesday and the first two shows yesterday had also sold out. Top Town Cinema employee Merran Thomas said they moved Philomena to a larger cinema yesterday to help cope with the demand for tickets.
Children's movies Frozen and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 have also been very popular every day.
"We had queues out the door on Wednesday and had to sell tickets for later shows," she said.
Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 was just as busy on Wednesday.
Employee Charlene Wasiolek said the day just flown by.
"It was crazy busy, but really good to see so many families come down to have a swim," she said.
There were few teenagers at the pool, but a lot of families with young children trying out the new togs they got for Christmas, she said.
The stadium's holiday programme will be running next week for children aged 5 to 10 so that will keep them busy as well, she said.
Blenheim Indoor Sports Centre and 10 Pin Bowling had not planned to open, but had so many people arrive at their doors and call that they decided to open.
Owner Dorothy Fitzpatrick said the centre had been so busy they could hardly take a break.
"We have bookings throughout the day today and many people calling to book their children into our holiday programme that starts next week," she said.
Families have been coming in to get out the rain and by the weather report families would need some more inside entertainment this weekend, she said.
- The Marlborough Express
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