Home Doll market Second-rate cinemas – Almost a thing of the past

Second-rate cinemas – Almost a thing of the past


Do you ever stop and think about what has become obsolete. I’m talking about things or types of places that kind of faded over time, and so slowly that we didn’t even notice.


For example, do you even do a slight double take when you see a working phone booth? Besides, is it even POSSIBLE to see a working phone booth these days? And what about landlines? They are not obsolete, but telephone directories are shrinking with each new edition.

Look what happened to Radio Shack. We had two in Owensboro – Wesleyan Park Plaza and Towne Square Mall. But as we moved forward into the digital age – and I think it’s safe to say there’s no turning back – the merchandise the iconic chain had to offer was no longer needed.


I bring this up because of a conversation I had recently with someone who thought he had heard that Owensboro had a discount or second-run theater. And since perhaps enough of you don’t know what I mean, I’ll explain. These are simply theaters showing movies that have completed their initial run and you can see them on the big screen at a discounted price.

There was one in Bowling Green when I was in college and the movies were about two dollars. And we didn’t care to wait. That strong desire to see something opening weekend hadn’t really taken hold yet.


And in Owensboro, I believe the old Mall Twin Cinema in the old Lincoln Mall has become a two dollar movie theater. Or maybe it was just a dollar. They were great and they were welcome.

Anyway, back to this conversation. It’s just a rumor and one that I can’t substantiate by searching online. And it doesn’t make any sense anyway. Hell, a lot of moviegoers don’t even go to the theater to see long-awaited first-run movies like they used to, so why would anyone set up a second-run movie theater?

More and more viewers have proven that they are content to watch new movies from the comfort of their living room, and I am one of them. Thanks to the beauty of the Fire Stick, a projector and a big white wall, we have our own little theater at home.


Yes, I love the cinematic experience, but I’m also a big fan of convenience and don’t mind watching movies that I can pause for a snack or a bathroom break.

And when movies finish their first run, they immediately become available on one of the many streaming services.

But I guess there are enough purists out there. Although Kentucky has no second-hand theaters, they still exist. In fact, CinemaTreasures.org has a list of where to find them.

But for now, I’m fine on the couch.

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