“They opened their doors for our kickoff movie,” said Melissa Rowse, director of the Montgomery House-Warrior Run Area Public Library. “They’ve done this sort of thing for years. They’ll be sorely missed.”
During an interview in 2002, Deb Whistler explained that small-town movie houses are handicapped by the film distribution companies. Theaters must contract for a minimum of four to six weeks for a single film, and in a small town, everyone sees the film in the first couple of weeks.
“For us,” she said, “if we get two really good films in a year, they carry us for the rest of the year.”
The Watson was run as a family-friendly, community-oriented theater, Whistler said.
“We found our niche,” she said. “We’re proud of this place.”