The show will go on in Marshall -- now that a purchaser for the movie theater has come forward.
A contract for the purchase of Marshall's movie theater has been signed, said purchaser Kim Thompson. "We close on the theater Aug. 17."
Thompson said the theater will close on Aug. 22 for several weeks while repairs and upgrades are made to the building's air conditioning and heating systems.
"We are hoping to be open by Oct. 1," Thompson said. "The largest expense will be the heating and cooling systems."
However, the Thompsons also plan minor upgrades to the concession area.
"I want to have nachos," she said.
The plan is to keep the theater as a first-run theater -- that is to say they will continue showing new movies as they are released.
Among the reasons Thompson decided to purchase the venue are wanting to keep it open in Marshall and personal memories of the theater.
"I remember seeing Poltergeist on the big screen," Thompson said. "I'm not sure if it is the first thing I saw, but it stands out."
Scheduling and staffing decisions have not yet been made, but Thompson said she wants to talk to the people who are currently working at the theater and see who wants to stay.
In a previous story, Cinema Manager Dan Vermillion said building maintenance was an important concern in B&B Theatres' decision to sell the theater.
"The current building is more than 100 years old and maintenance costs on the structure chew up an increasing portion of the cinema's revenue," Vermillion said.
Thompson hopes the upgrades she has planned will stem that tide.
When the theater reopens, Thompson said she wants to see about reducing the cost of tickets and concessions.
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Marshall Cinema to close doors in August