20 February 2010

Terrace Theater Sold. Sob.


Terrace Theater, Charleston, S.C.

I finally got back on track and pulled off one of my favorite rituals yesterday, rushing from work to pull up at the Terrace Theater in time for the matinee. It is the perfect end to my work week - sitting alone in the dark, sipping a cuppa hot tea and letting the busy week melt away.

It was not the perfect end to the day to be greeted by Mike, the owner telling me he had sold the theater.

Aaaaack! Is this allowed? Am I not to be consulted? I'm practically a weekly investor. Will the new owners keep it the same? Will they be able to make me hot tea that doesn't taste like coffee?

7 comments:

Linda said...

Oh dear, this sounds like a time to be sad. But, perhaps not, maybe the new owners will add some new energy to the place and bring in more movie goers and be able to keep it open longer. I guess you'll just need to hope for the best.

Lowell said...

Will it still be a theater? This has been happening all over the country for years...so sad. Now all we've got are megaplexes that have as much character as a box of saltines!

wrybread said...

Old friends from 1st night here - just stumbled over this via Fresh Eyes on London's "City Daily Photo" listing. Also fans of matinees at the Terrace for the past 10 years, my wife and I will be dismayed if this is truly its death knell. It needs the National Trust - probably would not clear the "Historic" bar - or some other angel or nonprofit co-op to step in I think, as the profit motive apparently won't suffice to keep it open.

I've always been a fan of what I call "used moviehouses," very little penchant for the new and shiny outside of electronic gadgets. "Coffee cup" theaters just remind me of channel surfing - about the same level of social engagement and community. Guess the $$ per seat are just not in the old bigger boxes.

I get to feel old . . . AGAIN!!

terrace theater said...

Folks don't worry ! We are selling because the theater is dong well! One of the best theaters in the state. No National Trust needed.

Charlestonjoan said...

Mike, All right. As long as you promise :)

terrace theater said...

Its funny if you sell people think your doing poorly.

Charlestonjoan said...

We are being selfish. You turned it into something we love and we don't want it to change.