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Sisters movie theater hopes 007 release date sticks, could make for a big comeback

Movie's name is telling for struggling theaters: 'No Time to Die'

SISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Sisters Movie House is a regional favorite.

Just ask Ken and Pula Kerfoot, who say they travel from Redmond to see movies there.

The two said Tuesday they've seen quite a few movies at the theater, which has been hit with a tough economic year.

Paula Kerfoot explained what draws the two to make the trip to the theater, which has been closed since spring.

"It's a little more small town, it's very comfortable," she said. "The staff is very friendly and they run first-rate movies. And their prices are a little better."

The owner of the small theater, Drew Kaza, said Tuesday that being closed for so long has made for rough waters.

"Well, we're kind of hanging on by our fingernails," he said. "To be honest. we're a mom-and-pop operation, a classic mom-and-pop operation."

Kaza said he, like a lot of movie theater owners, have seen blockbuster movie releases cancelled and are hoping the new 007 feature -- named "No Time to Die" -- will revive business for them. The movie's release date was pushed back earlier this year to Nov. 12.

Kaza has been watching closely and is hoping the studio doesn't pull its release, as he wants to open the theater in November, in time for the blockbuster.

"I think it's the difference between us making any money here in the end of the year and none at all," he said.

Kaza added that the movie going forward could make for a big comeback.

"Of course, most movie theaters make something like two-thirds of their money in the last two or three months of the year," he said. "That's
how big November and December are to us"

Kaza said the movie theater industry has had a rough year, and not too much in the way of help from the government, due to requirements to receive aid.

"Were kind of the forgotten industry in this whole thing," he said. "Restaurant and bars have a big lobby, but small movie theater owners don't. There's only about 600 of us in the whole U.S."

Kaza said he's hoping that the RESTART Act, which has revised requirements for small-business loans, will pass through Congress, to the president's desk as a lifeline.

He said that with with more flexible requirements, they could finally be eligible for financial help.

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    1. Maybe then you could just send them a donation to help support their family. To pay the bills and put food on their table. They have made sacrifices to keep you safe during the BS lockdowns so it may be time for you to chip in and make sacrifices of your own to help those who are not so fortunate as you.

      1. Buying local is a better way to help than donating. I see a lot of retail businesses in CO that are open but very empty. Local people are not buying local, they’re all buying online. Making the rich richer and the poor poorest

      2. A donation? They made sacrifices? Sure I’ll make my donation when you make your donation to all those Disney employees that just got laid off, and all the airline employees. Why stop there? How about all the Blockbuster employees there used to be, and all those Sears and Montgomery Wards employees. Think of all the jobs lost now that there’s no pay phones, or land lines, or cable tv. I feel for all the dictaphone repair men, and all the people that used to install 8-track players in cars. I have internet and netflix/amazon which should get me plenty of content, and if netflix offered up new release movies for $20 I’d never go to a movie theater again. Ever. No regrets. (except maybe for Dune, that would be epic on big screen, but I’d wait until the tuesday matinee just before it got replaced and the room was empty.

      1. You know what would own the libs? You going. Please go to as many movies as you can, and then go sit in church really close to people and sing really loud, and after that please consider getting some nourishment at an indoor sit down restaurant. Not kidding at all, please do this tonight, tomorrow, and every day afterwards. I would be so owned, I would just feel awful. That would be terrible, how would I ever recover. Woe is me, I’m totally owned. lol…

    1. If anyone should be held responsible for the closing of small business it’s Trump for playing it down when he should had prepared us all by following CDC guidelines. But he was more worried scout the stock market than he was about the well being of his citizens

      1. The President of the USA did not sign a single Executive Order in the state of Oregon to close down anything- the President has no authority to do so. In addition the CDC is in control of the messaging and information it presents to the national public- including the state authorized entities. Here in Oregon- Kate Brown’s administration continues to ignore those re-opening guidelines and recommendations… first and foremost- the CDC highly recommends that children go back to in class schooling… Kate Brown disagrees ! Welcome to Kate Brown’s plantation- where President Trump is not invited !

        1. If the obese president of the United states would have done his job, the state governors would not have had to recur to applying state restrictions to deal with the pandemic

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