Two theaters in southern Illinois close
FAIRFIELD, IL – The owner of two theaters in southern Illinois, the Showtime Cinema and the Grand in Du Quoin has closed both of them due to poor attendance. Both are triplexes, though the Grand opened in the 1920s as a single screen theater.
Rich Baker, the owner of Showtime Cinema in Fairfield and the Grand Theater Du Quoin, said he will reassess his finances over the next two weeks before deciding if the closures are permanent. “I just can’t seem to get the public involved,” Baker said. “I’ve put everything I’ve made back into the Fairfield theater since I took over in November 2007. I’ve never made a profit. The only people making money are the movie companies and my employees.”
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