- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) - A couple looking to retire is selling a nearly century-old Sibley movie theater they have operated for decades.

Larry Pedley and his wife Aileen hope the next owners continue the business as a movie theater and put as much love and care as they did since purchasing it from the children of Richard Carl “R.C.” Max following his death in 1981, the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1dNpNGO ) reported.

“We feel it’s very important to have a movie theater in a community,” Larry Pedley said. “We’d love to find someone to carry on the Max Theatres tradition.”

The couple leased the theater from Max in 1973 and started their careers at there in 1962, with Larry Pedley working as a projectionist and Aileen Pedley working behind the concession counter.

Being major film fans while growing up in Sibley in the 1950s and 1960s, the couple said they had their first date at a movie theater. They wed in 1967.

The Pedleys say they would love to continue running the theater but their reel time may be drawing to a close as they ponder retirement.

“We do have the theater listed, and we’re hoping to find a buyer,” Aileen Pedley said.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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