Flattened Screen

A very long time ago, when I would watch the local news, there was a story about my local cineplex’s crackdown on thieves.

Apparently, moviegoers would “smuggle in” their own snacks instead of buying the expensive ones sold in jumbo sizes. The manager of the place explained that it was no different than stealing from their cash register.

The minuscule “cost” to the cinema at the hands of these “thieves” was probably too small to measure.

Annoying as that was at the time, the whole experience was still better than today with all the ads and lack of civility from way too many folks.

The fact that nearly everyone has a home theater in the form of a flat-screen TV and soundbar means that the exhibition business is on the wane.

A typical blockbuster has never been my kind of entertainment. Those are the films that have been keeping the lights on at so many cinemas.

But it wasn’t enough for this long-shuttered single-screen theater in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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