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Palace Theatre
A Reel Movie Experience

With great sadness we must announce our withdrawal from the Silverton entertainment scene.

Our lease on the Palace Theatre runs out October 1 and we have been unable to reach a satisfactory arrangement with the property owner to continue the business or transition it to a new owner. This has been a long time in the making.

Last year we approached the landlord with a request to extend our lease which was not responded to. Repeated attempts to come to an agreement have been unsuccessful.

In January the heating system failed and it took 5 weeks for the landlord to get it repaired. After a brief re-opening In March we were shut down with the Corona virus pandemic and have just recently tried re-opening on a small scale with popcorn and snacks with some limited success. We had a weekend of film, showing the sing-along version of Grease which again was a limited success. There just wasn't enough revenue to meet the landlord's expectation of full rent for an unusable commercial space, so we have been paying what the space was worth to us as a storage unit for our equipment and fixtures until such time as things got better.

All that plus two weekend's ago wildfire smoke and last weekend's sewage and storm surge that flooded the snack bar must just be Mother Nature's way of telling us "it's time for you guys to retire". That's not a bad idea - We've both been working at the theatre since the mid 60's and now Roger and I are both over 70, we both have health issues and we really don't need the ongoing stress and aggravation any more. It was fun while it lasted but recently the fun has rapidly evaporated.

We are walking away from our substantial financial investment in our furniture, fixtures and equipment - the projectors, sound equipment, screen, the Palace's legendary and beloved popcorn machine, and all the 'stuff' that makes that oddly shaped building a movie theatre and magical community space - as a continuing commitment to the people of Silverton and beyond. It's not only those 'hard' assets that make it a first rate theatre - we've worked hard to make the Palace the best movie theatre in the valley - and don't take my word for it, look at our repetitive 'Best Of' awards from the Statesman-Journal over the years. Our gift to Silverton.

Please keep that in mind if the theatre should re-open under new ownership or new management - we could have removed everything and left an empty shell but chose not to out of our love and respect for all of you.

Thanks for the memories and your patronage all these years - it will be a sad parting.

Stu Rasmussen & Roger Paulson

Palace Theatre, Inc.

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