It’s completely dark until that one sliver of light from upstairs illuminates the screen.
Your ears hear the whir of the projector and then that distinctive click-click-click-click as the film catches onto the reel.
That familiar scenario has played out thousands of times at Cedartown’s Historic West Cinema and will continue to do so, much to the delight of Polk County residents. In fact, it’s never really stopped.
Owners Ken and Teresa Browning said rumors have been flying over the last month about the theater shutting down, but it never actually closed.
The confusion came after the theater’s previous owners put the business up for sale in mid November. “A lot of people thought it had closed down after that, but we bought it the next day,” Ken Browning said. “We’ve been up and running since.”
Of course, this isn’t the Browning’s first venture into the movie theater business. As most local residents know, the Browning name and the West Cinema have a long history together. It’s one that goes back all the way to 1977 in some form or fashion.
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