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PRATT, Kansas – The Barron movie theater has been in operation since the 1920’s, but its owners say they are choosing to get out of the business, and are looking for a new owner to keep it open.
The Barker family in Pratt purchased the theater in 1988, and has been operating it ever since. But according to Tim Barker, the theater’s co-owner, the large time commitment to managing the theater coupled with a growing family, as well as the studio-mandated conversion to digital projection made now the ideal time to leave the business.
“From a ticket sales and revenue standpoint,the Barron has never been better than it has been this summer,” Barker said. “Changing to digital and adding the capital cost to that won’t necessarily drive new revenue for us.”
Barker says without a new owner, the family will shut the theater in late summer or early fall. It is the only movie theater in Pratt. If it closes, Pratt residents would have to drive to Kingman or Larned to catch the latest flick.
There have been no offers to buy the Barron as of yet, Barker said.