Jefferson Going Out with a Bang

The Jefferson Theater, recently sold to Coran Capshaw, is in its final week of business, and it looks like they’re trying to enjoy themselves on the way to the 15th. Tickets and refreshments are a buck a pop, and the movies in the final week are Groundhog Day, Fargo, Ghostbusters, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. They wanted some cooler stuff — Jaws, Carrie, Princess Bride, Ferris Bueller, etc., but that stuff just isn’t available on reel-to-reel any longer.

Coran will have the theater shut down for the next year for some much-needed renovations and, when it owns, it’ll be a movie theater, but not a second-run movie theater. There’s no money to be made in that.

10 thoughts on “Jefferson Going Out with a Bang”

  1. Wonder what’s going on with the poor people living in the apartments above the theater. I’m not sure if it would be worse to have them not renew your lease or to have to live through all the renovation issues. I know at least one resident has been there for about 10 years or more. They’re cool places. I know I enjoyed my time living there. Especially since we were all encouraged to go watch the movies downstairs for free! Free popcorn and cokes, if you brought your own container and cup. Hawes is still the best landlord I’ve ever had. I’ll definitely miss the second run movies, if they aren’t continued under Capshaw’s ownership (which it certainly sounds as if they won’t).

  2. Saw it tonight. Husband did see it as a small child. The cleaning lady is our new hero.

  3. saw “groundhog day” yesterday. spent only $4 and got ticket, popcorn, drink, and junior mints. enjoyed every minute of it.

    i’m going to miss it.

  4. Man…”too young to have seen Ghostbusters” on the first run? You guys do make me feel old.

  5. I was apparently old enough to have seen it, as my husband has seen it (along with several friends who are my age). My parents, however, felt it was inappropriate fare for a child, so I didn’t see it until I was older.

    Saw Close Encounters tonight. Amazingly enough, I’ve never seen it, despite always recognizing pop culture references to it. Lots of fun. I’m afraid folks near me had to put up with my “That is sooooo NOT Muncie” comments. My apologies.

  6. Yeah, well, I do feel old – ’cause I saw Close Encounters at the theater during it’s first run.

    Actually, to feel really dated: the Greenbrier Theater – now defunct – was brand-spanking new and the theater in town when they landed Star Wars – and I remember going at least 9 times that summer…it just seemed like the run would never end, nor should it have. Heh…oh well.

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