- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NEWBERRY, Mich. (AP) - An Upper Peninsula movie theater that has been around since the 1930s could go dark unless the owner can raise money to buy digital equipment.

Fred Dunkeld owns the Tahqua-Land Theatre in Newberry, 65 miles northwest of the Mackinac Bridge. He tells The Mining Journal ( https://bit.ly/1nech3L ) that donations have been “drying up,” and he needs at least $60,000.

Dunkeld says movies simply aren’t being made on film, especially the latest blockbusters. He says he may not have anything to show this week.

The theater originally opened as the State Theatre. It was built for $60,000, with half of the money coming from bonds sold to residents. Dunkeld bought the theater and reopened it in 1973 after renovations.

In 2001, he added 11 murals depicting scenes from Greek mythology.



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Information from: The Mining Journal, https://www.miningjournal.net

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