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Sat Jan 21, 2012, 03:07 PM

A fight to keep a business in a small town


HIGGINSVILLE, MO. -- Fifty miles east of Kansas City, hereís how a number of small-town folks experience movie night:

They walk from their homes to a downtown restaurant, and after supper they stroll down Main Street to the Davis Theatre. Itís a beauty, once a livery building, resplendent from a movie palace transformation circa 1934 and careful restorations.

Even the glass block concession stand, backlit in coral neon, is something to see. First-run movies are $7, and concession prices are a relief instead of a shock.

Please read the rest of the story and find a way to help. Too many small towns are losing their businesses and any kind of entertainment for their residents. Yes, there are other problems more important but this is big for Higginsville. They'll have to leave the county in order to see a movie and that town will lose something important to them. It's a job opportunity for small town kids that leaves when the theater leaves. Memories made that will be gone. In other words-it's more than just a movie house for the town.

(Why might they lose the theater? They can't afford to update it with the latest digital equipment. They're in second place in a contest to win the money to do so.)

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