In Business: Blackduck Theater Set To Re-Open Soon

In Business: Blackduck Theater Set To Re-Open Soon


BEMIDJI’S PLAY-OFFS WILL BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY AND BRAINERD WILL MOST LIKELY PLAY BEMIDJI ON FRIDAY.>>THANKS, AJ.>>>THE OWNER OF THE BLACKDUCK THEATER IS BRINGING BACK THE NOSTALGIC CINEMA THAT HAS BEEN IN THE AREA FOR DECADES. FOR THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS, REPORTER MALAAK KHATTAB TELLS US WHEN WE CAN EXPECT THE THEATER TO REOPEN.>>THE UNITED STATES CENSUS ESTIMATES THAT BLACKDUCK MINNESOTA HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 832 PEOPLE. THE ONLY ENTERTAINMENT FOR MILES AROUND IS A BOWLING ALLEY AND A BLACKDUCK THEATER THAT HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE 20s.>>1920 IS WHEN I THINK THAT IT OPENED. SO PROBABLY NEXT YEAR WILL BE ALMOST 100 YEARS OLD.>>I USED TO COME HERE AS A KID. I USED TO WATCH MOVIES. I LOVE THE AMBIENCE OF THE PLACE — THE AMBIENCE OF THE PLACE >>JUST A QUICK GOOGLE SEARCH AND IT SAYS THE THEATER IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED. THE BLACKDUCK THEATER OWNER ROBERT MABE SAYS THE THEATER CLOSED DOWN IN SEPTEMBER OF 2018 DUE TO A FAMILY EMERGENCY BUT JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE SAYS IT IS REOPENING SOON.>>I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS, JUST GETTING EVERYTHING LINED UP AND READY TO GO. AND I JUST RECENTLY MADE THE DECISION I WANT TO GET BACK INTO IT AGAIN. I KIND OF MISS IT. IT IS A LOT OF FUN. YOU KNOW, WE DO SPECIAL EVENTS AND STUFF WITH MOVIES, THE HALLOWEEN, THE TRICK-OR-TREATERS. WE MISS THE PEOPLE HERE AT BLACKDUCK.>>IT’S GONE THROUGH NUMEROUS OWNERSHIP CHANGES OVER THE YEARS. MABE BOUGHT THE THEATER BACK IN 2013 AND HAS BEEN RUNNING IT EVER SINCE. HE SAYS HE’S ALWAYS WANTED TO RUN HIS OWN THEATER SO HE JUMPED AT THE CHANCE TO BUY IT.>>IT WAS SOLD TO ME REALLY CHEAP BECAUSE THEY WENT FROM 35 MILL MEET — MILLIMETER TO DIGITAL AND THE PREVIOUS OWNER DIDN’T WANT TO GO TO DIGITAL. I PUT NEW DIGITAL EQUIPMENT IN HERE, NEW SOUND MANY — SOUND SYSTEM, SUB WOOFER >>THE THEATER HOLDS A LOT OF NOSTALGIC MEMOIES AND HOPES REOPENING THE THEATER WILL TAKE PEOPLE DOWN MEMORY LANE.>>WHEN YOU WERE A KID COMING HERE, I HOPE THEY GET THAT, LIKE I DO.>>MABE SAYS BLACKDUCK THEATER WILL OPEN SOMETIME IN NOVEMBER AND PEOPLE CAN EXPECT A LOT OF THE SAME ATMOSPHERE.

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