2012.01.25 Sybil Diccion: Support for Rex Theatre

Written by David Green.

I’m not really a movie buff (I never watch them at home) but for the sake of patronizing our iconic Rex Theater, I do try to go every week if it is a movie in which I’m interested. The owners of the Rex are desperately trying to keep it open for the enjoyment of our community but it is difficult when on a given show night, only a handful of people attend. This isn’t to say that everyone should feel obliged to go to the movies; I’m just suggesting that rather than go out of town to see the same show you’d see in Wauseon, Adrian or Toledo, to try it out here. 

I know there are other reasons to frequent the more upscale theaters; the lighting and sound are better, the screen is larger and just the all-around ambience is more accommodating. I get that. But in this instance, Mike and Carolin Gregerson drive all the way down from Manchester and back, two nights a week, just to allow this theater to remain open. I fear  this won’t be the case much longer if attendance doesn’t pick up.

On the nights I don’t care for a particular showing, I will often run in and buy a jumbo popcorn and drink. I realize that I’m privileged to have the money to be able to do that, but the only reason I mention it is that I doubt anyone would think of just purchasing the popcorn and drink without buying admission to the movie. It can be done.

I realize I am often identified by going on what some characterize as goofy crusades. I doubt that this concern qualifies as a crusade and if truth be known, maybe the Rex should close. But I would be saddened to see that happen. As it is, so much local history and old buildings are being dismantled and thrown on a junk heap throughout small-town America. I’d like to see this one kept around a bit longer.

– Sybil Diccion

Main Street, Morenci

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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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