A legacy biz of a bygone era reopens amid the WORST time for the cinema in American history. Streaming movies and pandemic rules work against this taxpayer supported project that's beautiful & iconic but without a sustainable biz model.
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It's been forty-six years since the last reel spun to a stop at the old Aztec Theater on the main drag in Shawnee. You'd never know it from the enthusiasm around the recent reopening. Even before a deal was struck, people were packing meetings to show support for the revival of the long-dormant venue, which shuttered amid the mid-seventies rise of the multiplex.