Movie theater in the mix

A gap has appeared in the entertainment section of Decatur. This gap is roughly the size of a movie theater. Yep, a movie theatre is missing from our small city.

Sophomore Class President, Kwame Oliver orchestrated the Freshmen/Sophomore Movie Night in October. He thinks that the movie night was a success and sees it as a bonding experience for the students.

“I’ve heard people talking about [a movie theater] and with more people moving to Decatur, it makes sense for Decatur to have its own cinema,” Oliver said.
“I’ve heard people talking about [a movie theater] and with more people moving to Decatur, it makes sense for Decatur to have its own cinema,” Oliver said.
“Even if you choose a bad movie, people will joke around about how bad the movie is,” Oliver said. “If it’s a good movie, people will just love watching the movie. It was a win-win.”

Peggy Merriss, Decatur City Manager says that there has been residential interest in an in-town movie theater, but no plans have been made.

Many youths around Decatur do not have a place to spend their time at night. Oliver thinks a movie theater would be a safe option “for a night out with friends.”

So what gives, why doesn’t Decatur have a movie theatre? Merriss says a theater would require large parking lots and space which would lead to high costs. Residents have not shown enough enthusiasm to make this investment.

Decatur is well-known for its restaurants and shops on the square and a movie theater might be just the right addition. Oliver thinks this investment would give residents a pastime, similar to the activities on the square.

“It’s a substitute to a boring night sitting in [your] house,” said Oliver.

Although no new plans have been made for this development, Merriss says if a theater were to ever open in Decatur “it would likely be a smaller ‘indie’ film or ‘art house’ type theatre.”