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In a scene that is repeated often across the country, the Majestic Theater in Wills Point, Texas (about 50 miles East of Dallas) has closed its doors for good. Some believe that the theater, at 84 years, was the longest-running family-owned movie theater in the United States.
WFAA-TV in Dallas has an article on their web site about the closing, where people express their dismay at losing a local treasure, and some reminisce about having their first date at the theater and how good having the theater around made them feel. The grim reality is that nostalgic feelings alone don't keep the lights on, and if people aren't attending theaters like this, and/or the business factors involved swing towards the red too often, the doors don't open and the neon no longer lights up the night sky.
If you live in the Wills Point area, the closest theater is now the Hometown Cinemas - Terrell in Terrell, about 16 miles away. If you're willing to drive a little further, there are five more theaters within about 30 miles of the Majestic's location.
Even if you don't live near Wills Point, you probably have a neighborhood movie theater nearby. Think about that theater, and what it would look like and how you would feel if that theater was closed. If that makes you feel like the people that are always interviewed for these types of news stories, please make that theater your choice the next time you are looking for something to do. Your business will do more to keep that establishment open than anything else, and it will give everyone a chance to make pleasant memories that hopefully will never have to fade to black.
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