Kara Bodle has landed jobs outside of movie theaters - but she always seems to find her way back into one. The general manager of the Arena Grand movie theater shared more about life behind the projector.

Kara Bodle has landed jobs outside of movie theaters - but she always seems to find her way back into one. The general manager of the Arena Grand movie theater shared more about life behind the projector.

I never really watched movies when I was younger. We lived kind of in the middle of nowhere, out in the country. We got three TV stations - only two of which came in, especially if the weather was bad. We didn't have a VCR until about the time I was 16.

The first movie I remember watching in the theater was "Return of the Jedi." It was with my dad and my cousins. I was the only girl that went - and I loved it.

When you're 16, you've got to go get a job. That's just a rule, so I went around and applied. I got a job at a movie theater and never really left.

I was a general manager at the theater in the Indian Mound Mall in Heath. I started when I was 16 years old and ended up working there 13-and-a-half years. I finally got my master's, came to Columbus to be an HR director and ended up as a GM of a theater.

I love the industry. It's one of those things that gets in your blood, and you just can't help yourself. First and foremost, I love movies. There's always a level of excitement and energy in the air when you come into a theater.

For me, a great movie has a great story. I'm not as concerned with headliners, as far as who is cast or who directs it. If it's really well-written and really moves well, I'll watch a movie about anything. There's nothing worse than a movie that drags.

Three things I can't live without are entertainment, my friends and a reason to laugh every day.

The best advice I've ever received is that you can always be a better you, but you'll never be better than anyone else.

Something about me that people might not know is that I was the lead singer in a band for seven years. It was in Newark. It started out large and went down to almost an acoustic duo type of thing. I'm still a pretty powerful car singer.

If I could have anyone play me in a movie, it would be Sandra Bullock.

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