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