econboy wrote:...gonna commit a big sin here....
Sometimes business people aren't the smartest. When it sounds like she talks out of both sides, it's because she probably doesn't really have a good grasp of what she is even talking about. Her statement is contradictory. On one hand she says the loss of jobs has contributed to the town drying up. On the other, she then claims there are still alot of people in town but they all go to other communities.
It's called competition. If they are leaving town to see movies elsewhere when there is a theater in town, it probably speaks to something about her theater and what people don't like about it.
Often small town business do not like competition. That way they don't have to grow, update and change. It's easier that way. This is part of that mentality. She thinks since they live in Red Oak and Red Oak has a theater (hers) they should all go there and never go elsewhere. The modern automobile allows people to go places quickly they otherwise wouldn't have before. She should research that sometime.
I don't know if it's still the case or not, but I recall there always being several weeks after a new movie is released that it trickles down to the mom & pop small town theaters. If that still remains the case, I don't blame people for driving to Omaha or Council Bluffs.
Red Oak is dying a slow, painful death. I'm sure the movie theater won't be the last to close.