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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that fears the cost of the movie theater’s expansion will only exacerbate the lack of quality in films shown there.

Movie fans will take note: The cinema over in Dillon is going to add roughly 5,000 square feet to the theaters. We don’t know how many extra screens this means, but as devotees of celluloid entertainment (that’s celluloid not cellulite – it’s not like we sit around watching fat people), this news pleases us. Mostly, we’re happy because every time we drive by and look at the marquis, there isn’t anything we want to see. And it isn’t just the titles that turn us off; we research, read up on the plots and such and try to make educated decisions. Our education usually informs us, however, that Hollywood has run out of ideas and panders to the lowest common denominator.

So, initially, we were pleased to hear about all this. Then it occurred to us: It’s already expensive for them to get movies (most movie fans know the distribution costs of movies are so hefty, even though tickets are close to 10 bones, theaters don’t make money that way; that’s why your popcorn costs more than a Happy Meal, and you don’t even get a toy). If they spend all this money on construction, the movies can’t possibly get any better, can they? We’ll go from the latest-and-greatest effort of Ben Affleck and J.Lo to sophomoric homages to Animal House and the latest Free Willy sequel.

But we’re optimistic. Hopefully, they’ll use these new screens to show a foreign film once in a while (we guarantee there’s a few Spanish-speakers around who would pay to see Almodovar’s newest flicks). Hey, maybe they’ll even show more 3-D flicks so we can get some of those cool glasses.


Linda from Artisan Designs called in this Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!! It seems the flower-stealing never ends. Somebody horked a terra cotta pot with marigolds and pansies in it right off the porch of the Frisco business (at Seventh and Main, near the Balance Sheet). They’d love to have it back.


It’s Friday, so vent your frustrations at, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just sigh on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.

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