Kent Theatre Moving to Japan
CEDAR SPRINGS, MI — The Kent Theatre has had a long 120 year history in Cedar Springs Michigan, but that is soon to change. The Cedar Spring Theatre Association announced tuesday that the Kent Theatre has been sold to the Japanese Investment Company IBPC OSAKA, located in Tokyo Japan. The company has long strives to improve U.S. and Japanese relations and feel this move is beneficial to both countries.
The sale of the Kent Theatre will be finalized April 20th 2006. The final movie to be show will be April 15th 2006 with the Dustin Hoffman Classic “Little Big Man” All resident attending will receive a * free egg rolls in celebration of the final showing. *(Limit one per paid admission)
After the sale the Kent Theatre , it will be disassembled and all pieces number and shipped to its new home in city of Osaka Japan. The Theatre will be lovingly reassembled in its new home and the residents are delighted with the prospects. The theatre will feature the American silent movies of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd.
Len Allington, President of the Cedar Springs Theatre Association was instrumental in the negotiation of the sale. Speaking from a phone in Osaka Japan , Len expressed how proud he was of the sale stating “I am very impressed with the amount of respect the Japanese people have for this classic theatre, I feel this is the best move available for the true preservation of this theatre. Adding, "We will also make about $10.000 profit in this deal and that will be added bonus!!” Mr. Allington also stated “Under the June 2001 agreement between Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and President George W. Bush, the governments of Japan and the United States have jointly held seminars in order to promote better understanding of foreign direct investment, and facilitate investment in Japan at the local level. Both sides have been emphasizing the very real investment opportunities that exist in Japan, made even more appealing by the recent upturn in the Japanese economy. This sale is a direct response to President Bush’s ideas, a man I hold in high regard!”
READ MORE about the Japan Investment Initiative here
To insure the Kent Theatre will be as authentic as possible, IBPC has recruited several board members to help in the transition. First is Dan Randell, manager and supervisor and long standing board member. He will be moving to the city of Osaka with the Kent Theatre. There he will carry on all his duties and over see the reconstruction. Dan feel’s good about the move too, and has personally negotiated a deal where Cedar Springs resident, who visit the Kent Theatre in Osaka will receive a small popcorn and soda FREE. “That will really help off set the admission cost which is about $32.23 US” (Limit one per paid admission)
Joining Dan will be his wife Mary Randell. She will go as an overseas reporter for the Cedar Springs Post and will keep us update on the progress the theatre is making. Mary feels this deal is best for the city also. “We have a history we need to preserve; I’m going to make sure everybody is up to date with the Kent’s new home”
Also joining the team is Sally Grayvold, long time community volunteer. Sally will serve as both the good will ambassador for Cedar Springs and will also head security. “It’s important the theatre remains quite during the movies, I’m studying Japanese to better communicate with the residents.” Sally is very pleased with the deal and is so happy about the $10.000 profit they will make on the sale of the Kent Theatre . “We have struggled for so long to rebuild the Kent Theatre , I’m glad were leaving on a up note!”
Len Allington will stay behind and hopes to build a Golf / Sports store on the former location of the Kent stating “Our biggest fund raiser was always and has always been the Annual Kent Theatre Golf Outings, people loved it!” Len will proudly display a bronze plate commemorate the historic theatre with the funds left over from the sale profits. It’s the least we could do; this city needs to always remember the Kent. It will live on in our memories forever!
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