The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 23, 2009

Watson Theatre to close after special screening

Thursday will mark the end of an era


“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.”

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