Folks step up to save Main Street movie theaters

  • Article by: Jenna Ross , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 7, 2013 - 10:02 PM

WINDOM, MINN. – For eight months, it sat empty. No blockbusters, no popcorn, no Saturday matinees.

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truthtimeSep. 7, 1310:21 PM

I heard there is another State Theater in Hutchinson that was restored several years ago. Anyone know anything about it?

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johnielSep. 7, 1311:45 PM

A splendid example of a theater restored to its former glory, and more, is the Height Theater on Central Avenue in Columbia Heights. Google "Heights Theater" and click on Photos on their home page to see pix of the restoration.

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Kathy_BrandtSep. 8, 13 8:25 AM

I am so glad to see this happening! Once every small town had their theater, at least it seemed so. Now many of them have gone the way of the dinosaur and their buildings converted to something else or torn down.

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corydSep. 8, 13 9:39 AM

No one saved the theater in St. Peter. Torn down last week for a county parking lot.

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stplooklistnSep. 8, 1310:45 AM

Smiled at the town that had trouble spending taxpayer money on a non-profit. The state has no problem spending millions of taxpayer money on a for-profit: The Stadium.

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lumpermanSep. 8, 1311:25 AM

Great story! The Heights theater is a prime example! They do it right! No BS previews and adds, the movie starts on time and you sometimes get a cartoon! Brings me back in a very good way. I think it is sad to see Main street theaters go dark! I know I would contribute to this cause for sure. Everything goes full circle. People seem to be realizing the attraction of small towns. And Drive in theaters are worth saving also.

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learnedhelenSep. 8, 1312:52 PM

Another great example of this can be found in Morris, Minnesota, where people in town formed a co-op to keep their theater open.

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Kathy_BrandtSep. 8, 13 3:32 PM

My son had wanted to help Buckwheat Johnson work on the theater as part of his Sr. Project for high school. But just as they were going to get started working on the project, the then-owner locked the doors and walked away from it. I am so glad there are those in the community who have gone to bat for our theater. Thanks, Buckwheat and Jean and everyone who made this possible!

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debnstpaulSep. 9, 13 1:17 AM

Fantastic! Very inspiring. Thanks for great reporting about positive news.

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fishanhunt2Sep. 9, 13 6:47 AM

The historic Mainstreet Theatre in the Sinclair Lewis home town of Sauk Centre, MN. would make a great story of how private ownership has successfully adapted to the changes in the movie industry. It has been and continues to be a local entertainment beacon and landmark in West Central Minnesota. The Douvier family have done a fantastic job running this theatre for many years as other theatres closed around them.

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