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Little Theaters Being Shut Out of Big Film Business

Little Theaters Being Shut Out of Big Film Business

On MSNBC.com, Bill Briggs profiles the troubles faced by independently owned film theaters, as megaplexes are making exclusive deals with studios to block out their (smaller) competition. The article profiles the Big Picture in Redmond, Washington, which forbids children and serves such delicacies as martinis and cheddar popcorn in champagne buckets. The theater is struggling to keep up with their crushing giant competitors and their partners-in-crime, the studios. Theater co-owner Mark Stern says of the situation, “Does this now become anti-competitive and antitrust? We believe so. Regal is a bully. … When you are a small business owner in this country and you want to be in a huge industry, watch out. There are lots of powers that be that’ll prevent you from entering the market.”

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