Is Bigger Really ALWAYS Better?
Corporate America is swallowing up the last of our great small businesses. This country was founded on hard work, dedication, and the American Dream. With all of these mammoth companies out there bullying our mom & pop shops into submission, another one of our great, historic landmarks could be next.
The quote at the bottom of the page represents how the corporations (snakes) are swallowing up all of the small businesses (rats) and why the small businesses need saving.
The Story of the Anthony Wayne Theater
The Anthony Wayne 5 movie theater first opened its doors to the public in June of 1928. A one-screen theater at the time, the Anthony Wayne theater was an instant hit. Wayne, being on the edge of suburbs at the time of its first opening, found many new patrons, seeking out this beautifully constructed house for entertainment. At that time, the theater was owned and operated by a man named Harry Fried. Fried had experience in the movie business as he had run a movie theater in his past.
Following Fried's ownership of the Anthony Wayne came William Goldman, a notorious theater owner in the Philadelphia area. Goldman owned this theater from 1940 until 1972 when he sold off all of his movie theaters. The theater chain that decided to purchase the Anthony Wayne theater in 1972 was a company named Budco. When Budco took over, the Anthony Wayne was still a thriving one-screen movie theater. In fact, the theater was performing so well, that Budco decided to make the decision to split the then one-screen theater into two.
In 1987, Budco Theaters was purchased by AMC Theaters. After AMC took control of the Anthony Wayne Theater, they ran it exactly how Budco did for the next 10 years. In 1997, following the purchase of the property by a one, Stephen W. Bajus, AMC decided to vacate the premises, leaving the Anthony Wayne Theater closed. Luckily for the people of Wayne, Bajus was able to find a theater chain willing to sign a lease to re-open the theater. That chain was Clearview Cinemas. During the renovations, Clearview and Bajus jointly transformed the Anthony Wayne Theater from a two auditorium theater into a five auditorium theater. And so, the Anthony Wayne 5 was born.
While Clearview Cinemas signed a long term lease and put money into renovating the building, the way they ran the Anthony Wayne 5 was not ideal. Quickly, the theater began to deteriorate. After Clearview Cinemas sold to Bow Tie Cinemas, Bow Tie Cinemas quickly sold the theater to Reel Cinemas, owned and operated by Greg Wax.
Greg Wax has run the theater from 2013 until this present day and has done the very best that he can to try and attract the people that decided to stop visiting the Anthony Wayne due to the condition it was left in by Clearview Cinemas. Even with improved film bookings, new tile floors, improved pricing, and a friendlier staff, the Anthony Wayne 5 is still struggling to win back customers. With attendance falling, the Anthony Wayne 5 may soon have to shut its doors for good.
Even while the theater has had minor upgrades, it needs a complete overhaul. The auditoriums need new seats, new sound systems, new drapes, new lights, and new carpets. The lobby needs new carpets, freshly painted walls, new bathroom facilities, a new box-office, and a new candy stand.
Without these upgrades, the theater will never be able to win back the people of Wayne, and without winning back its customers, the theater will be forced to go dark.
The solution is simple: outfit the theater with brand new, up-to-date technologies and necessities (i.e. paint, carpets, seats, drapes, etc.)
The current plans for the Anthony Wayne 5, if this goal is reached and exceeded, is to completely outfit the auditoriums with comfortable, reclining, leather seats, introduce brand new, state-of-the-art sound systems, build a small kitchen to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, construct a bar to serve a variety of beers, wines, and spirits, introduce reserved seating, completely renovate the restrooms, re-carpet the entire theater, replace all existing drapes, repaint the walls, restore anything historical so it can live on, and finally, not only win our people of Wayne back over, but attract brand new customers who are looking for an amazing experience.