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Benton's Toler Cinema sold

  • After standing vacant for the past six years, the Toler Cinema has new owners who reportedly plan to re-open the theater.

    After standing vacant for the past six years, the Toler Cinema has new owners who reportedly plan to re-open the theater.
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Posted on 6/21/2017, 11:26 AM

The last time an audience watched a movie on the big screen in Benton, Harry Potter had not yet destroyed Lord Voldemort, and Captain America was readying to defeat the Nazis.

When the Toler Cinema closed its doors July 28, 2011, Benton-area residents no longer had a local theater. The closest theaters in Mt. Vernon and Marion are about a 30-minute drive, and the ticket prices are more than double those at the Toler.

Now, it seems that residents of Franklin County will again have the choice of a local theater. Maranda Rush, the former assistant manager of Toler Cinema, announced via Facebook Monday that the building has been sold and the new owners are planning to re-open the theater.

There is no word yet on who has purchased the theater.

"All I have been authorized to say," Rush said, "is that the theater has been sold and will be reopened as a theater and there will be more information to follow."