I have been following the Civic Theatre debate with interest. There is no question that Nelson is a lesser community without our beloved theatre, warts and all; however, no amount of hand wringing or finger pointing is going to change the harsh reality that a single screen theatre running first run movies is not economically viable in today’s world of multiplexes, DVD rentals, and on-line offerings (both legal and illegal).
The movie studios control every aspect of film distribution and a single screen operator just cannot put enough bums in its seats to generate a profit.
I am aware of a number of groups who have gone down the well worn path trying to figure out a way to bring the Civic back to life, and every time they arrive at the same conclusion — it cannot be done. I wish it were different but that is how it is.
I would like to remind everyone that we are very fortunate here in Nelson. Fortunate in that we have Reo’s Videos which offers one of the finest and broadest film collections in North America. There are films for every age and taste which provide a very affordable entertainment experience. Reo’s staff are knowledgeable and helpful and can assist you in choosing the best movie for your individual mood and circumstance.
And, if you feel like a movie night out, Reo’s offers its own private theatre upstairs. The theatre comes equipped with 12 seats, an HD projector, 100” screen, full surround sound, a kitchen and private washroom facilities.
Why drive all the way to Castlegar when you can enjoy a night out right here in Nelson for a fraction of the cost? Turn your night into an event for your film club, book club, guys’ night, girls’ night, birthday party, gaming night, favourite sport or pay-per-view event by hosting them at Reo’s upstairs screening room. You’ll quickly forget about the Civic Theatre as our seats are comfy, the sound is superb and there is no tear in the big screen.