Sunday's Entertainment section had an AP article on a small Nebraska movie theatre that will close because it must digitalize its projection equipment at a cost of $85,000. It was a lengthy and good article, but why Nebraska? We have the exact same situation here but no national coverage. Merely switch the theatre's name from Isle Theatre, Crete, Nebraska to Ritz Theatre. Muncy, Pennsylvania.
I had hoped the WVIA Muncy TV special a week from now could be used to raise the needed $75,000, but that is not possible.
The Muncy theatre is privately owned and the only independent 5-day-a- week theater left within probably a hundred miles. It is not tax deductible for private giving nor will any foundation help.
Jay Richards several years ago did considerable restoration work and reopened the closed Ritz. It is a very unique theatre. Resurrected from the dead by its loving owner, Jay Richards, who operates it all by himself - He sells tickets, then sells the pop corn and candy at prices less than half at the malls, then starts the projector and cleans up afterward. Inside it is also unique, long and narrow. It has two aisles with seating 2 - 4 - 2 .
So how do we help Mr. Richards save his first love and the most unique feature of the Muncy business district? I have been unable to find the way, but maybe the Isle Theatre article could open the door to our need.
On two occasions Muncy money has been given to good Williamsport causes, almost $2,000,000. Both times the individuals were the largest individual donors to the county historical society and the Williamsport hospital, financial drives.
Thomas T. Taber
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