By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Last week, I went and saw In the Heights to a completely empty theater. After the showing, I visited another film, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, just to see if my theater was an anomaly. Only four people were in the entire theater on an evening screening on its debut week. How can Oregon theaters survive much longer with such low attendance? It was a sad sight indeed.
It seems so twisted that Governor Brown $50 million small business tax, SB 139a (which she is expected to sign any day now) will help greet family owned movie theater businesses with a big new tax once they finally emerge from the rubble.
The film, In the Heights, was a work of art. It had a powerful message of community. It had hints of progressive politics, yet, it was sabotaged by progressive critics.