It's safe to say that Jesse Stewart loves movies more than anything.

As the general manager of Red Wing Cinema 8 for a decade, the Rolodex in Stewart's head is never ending. Any movie question you have, he can likely answer.

When it comes to summer movies, nostalgia rushes back for many who recall seeing films such as "Jaws," "Star Wars," "Jurassic Park," and "The Avengers".

The tradition of summer box office hits continues now with movies "Toy Story 4" and "Avengers: Endgame."

Whether it's a family film about lost toys, heroes saving the galaxy, or a family fending off bloodthirsty alligators, chances are Red Wing Cinema 8 has it.

The Republican-Eagle spoke with Stewart about summer movies, preparing for big releases, his favorite movies and more. Note: The conversation has been edited for clarity:

Q: Do you have a go-to summer movie?

A: "The Goonies." That is my absolute favorite childhood movie and it still holds up.


Q: What makes a good summer movie?

A: I think atmosphere and the type of movie that it is. Like when "The Shallows" came out three years ago, it's a great summer movie. It takes place on the beach. It really gets you in the mood for going to the theater. And not that animated films don't do that either, "Toy Story 4" definitely did that for me this year.


Q: What has been your favorite summer movie thus far?

A: Thus far? "Toy Story 4" was really, really surprisingly good. ... No one really asked for another Toy Story movie, but we got one. That would be one that's my favorite. "Spider-Man: Far From Home" was fantastic. "Avengers: Endgame." As far as movies that have come out this year.


Q: So how do you all at Red Wing Cinema 8 prepare for a big movie?

A: We know what movies are coming out far in advance. Whether it be on a website that we go to or our booking agent will say, 'You're definitely getting these.' ... And so, when we look at that, looking at the schedule, instead of staffing like five for the 7th, we'll have an extra one or two. I'd rather be overstaffed and then send someone home if we don't need them.


Q: Do you have people checking in to see what's coming up in the next few weeks or so?

A: Yeah, we do. We have people, they'll even call in the middle of the weekend or what's coming out next week.


Q: Do you have any movies each year that you rewatch yearly?

A: I have two movies that I go to. And they're both independent films. One is called "Hedwig and the Angry Itch." It's a musical comedy and it's absolutely beautiful. It's funny. Great music ... .

The other one, I would say, is "Birdman" with Michael Keaton. I saw that, we had it here, and I watched it, I think, seven or eight times. And I'd gone to the Cities before we got it here and saw it three times.


Q: I have a theory that even if you did or didn't like a movie, you should watch it twice. What do you think about that theory?

A: Especially if you walked out of it saying, "God, I should've like that. Why didn't I like that?" I just had that experience a couple months ago to the remake of "Pet Sematary." I watched it again, I don't know what I was thinking.


Q: Do you still feel like going to the movie theater is an event, something the streaming services of the world can't necessarily take away?

A: You know, we do the summer movies on Wednesdays, the free summer movies at 10 a.m., for kids. ... There's movies that were on our list this year, some just came out on video, almost all of them are on Netflix, but they're coming in. ... It's all about the experience. Watching a movie with your kids on the big screen. And I think there's something special about that.


Q: A cool movie theater is hard to beat on a hot day, too.

A: You're getting your sunshine, you're getting your swimming, your summer activity from outside and your coming in to an air-conditioned, dark movie theater that is, just something about that, is so cool. Pun intended.