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Atmore, AL: Strand Theater Closed After 84 Years

Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 1:49 PM

The Strand Theater in Atmore, Alabama closed its doors earlier this month, after 84 years in business. The Atmore Advance published an article about the theater's closing and interviewed the owner, who explained why the theater closed:

Strand owner Wayne Kelley, whose family has operated the theater for almost 30 years, said it was a difficult decision to shutter the doors.

“I just can’t afford to keep it open,” said Kelley, who has owned the business for almost 11 years. “If I had kept it open for another six months, and business didn’t turn around at all, I probably would have had to have filed bankruptcy. That’s how bad it was. It was definitely a business decision more than a ‘heart’ decision.”

Kelley said it was especially hard to close the Strand’s doors, because he has either worked there or owned it since he was 14 years old. He said his uncle ran the theater for 13 years before his ownership, and a cousin owned it before his uncle.

Click the Read link below to view the full article.

Moviegoers in Atmore have the Wind Creek Cinema in town to attend, and those willing to drive will find seven other theaters as well.

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