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Show's Over




Show's Over
By: Wes Wallace

(Carbondale, IL)--Old movie theaters still showing movies in the Heartland are becoming a dying breed. Look around any town in the four-state area, and you'll probably find an old-fashioned movie house.

The latest victim of the 'Show's Over Syndrome' is Carbondale...the Varsity Theater there closed almost two weeks ago. Now city leaders and community members are looking for something to replace a historic part of downtown.

Other theaters in the Heartland have also shut down, like the Liberty in Murphysboro. It's now showing 'stories' of a different kind. Instead of movies, the theater now serves as a play house for community productions. One of the few movie theaters still open in Southern Illinois is the Grand Theater is Du Quoin. It plays shows two shows, twice a day, and folks there say it's still a vital part of their downtown.

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