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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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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