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Wills Point Majestic Theatre to hold last showing

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WILLS POINT, TX (KLTV) - Monday night at 7:30, one of the oldest theatres in Texas will have its last movie showing. The Majestic Theatre in Wills Point has been around for 84 years.

The theatre has been a landmark for the community and will be greatly missed.

For 25 years, Majestic Theatre employee Jeff Peterson has popped movie goers favorites every Friday and Saturday night.

Over the years, the magic behind the Majestic Theatre has faded. Peterson says times have changed.

"The cinema-plexes, multi-screen theatres, your satellite and cable TV - it's becoming harder and harder for theatres to put on a good show and eventually it's going to be phased out by technology," said Peterson.

Unable to keep up with technology, the curtain will soon close.

"It's a sad day," said Peterson.

For an entire community, that has grown up with the Majestic, the news is disappointing.

"It's just really sad for me," said Linda Dennis, a lifelong Wills Point resident. "I remember as a child, I was just in awe of this place because we lived in the country and so to come to town and get to go to the movies was really a special treat."

"More people have commented that their first date, their first kiss was here at the Majestic Theatre," said Tom Wicks.

Linda Dennis remembers the dates.

"Holding hands and I don't remember the show, of course!" said Dennis.

Those who have grown up in Wills Point, can still picture the theatre that once thrived.

"The theatre would be packed, the lines stretched...around the corner just to get in," said Wicks.

Now, it is just another beloved landmark unable to keep up with the rest of the world.

"It's going to be missed," said Deen. "It's an end of an era."

"I really don't know how I'm going to feel until we shut the doors and turn off the lights," said Peterson.

Ramona and Beezus will be the last show playing Monday night. Peterson expects the theatre to be packed for the last time.

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