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Meadows Theater Closes Its Doors After Decades in Community

After 44 years in the Valley, the theater is being forced to close it's doors because of a decrease in attendance, and it cannot afford to upgrade to a digital projection system. The number of moviegoer's has dropped by around 75 percent in the last 15 years. Officials say even after the last film is shown, they hope the memories of the theater will live on.
After 44 years in the Valley, a locally-owned theater is being forced to close its doors.
   
Sunday was the final time the Meadows Theater was open for business.

The last bag of popcorn has been popped, and the final ticket sold, as a community says goodbye to a theater that has brought many so much joy.

"I just hate to see it because the other theaters are big chains and not local like this theater," said Brent Drake of Terre Haute.  "It's a piece of history, they've been here a long time."

The Meadows Theater opened in 1970 in Terre Haute, offering a cheaper screen to see the box office hits.

"It's heartbreaking, when you feel that we offer something different for the community. A lower-priced alternative to go to the movies so it's very sad to have to make that decision," said co-owner Brent Branhart.

And it wasn't an easy decision to make -- or one the community wanted to accept.

"We had a great outpouring of support and people who have been pretty upset with the closing and even offered some sort of assistance or help," said Barnhart.

But low attendance and keeping up with the latest technology, has forced this cinema to call it quits.

"The Hollywood requirement to convert from film to digital projection. Always comes at a very high cost and we just weren't able to make that happen here," said Barnhart.

And owners say even though the projector has been turned off, and the doors closed, they hope the memories of the theater will live on.

"I just want to say a big thank you to everybody who I supported us over the years," said Barnhart.

Drake added: "I wish them well, and I appreciate the time that we've had to be able to come here many times and enjoy really good movies at a reasonable price."

The Meadows showed its last two films this evening, Captain Phillips and Thor.
   
There's no word yet on any future plans for the facility.
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