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Latino movie producer opens theaters in rural, poor areas

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A Latino movie producer is opening theaters in poor, rural areas in the U.S. that lack basic entertainment options, giving unserved audiences a chance to dreamRead full story

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  • I’ll admit my initial reaction was surprise at the endeavor because with the rise in popular of streaming services is amongst the myriad reasons why people are seeing fewer movies in theaters, and I would expect that to be especially true in poor, rural areas. The article points out, however, that that

    I’ll admit my initial reaction was surprise at the endeavor because with the rise in popular of streaming services is amongst the myriad reasons why people are seeing fewer movies in theaters, and I would expect that to be especially true in poor, rural areas. The article points out, however, that that option doesn’t exist in many of these areas because of poor access to high speed internet connections. That provides a unique opportunity that developers like Esparza are smart to take advantage of. Movie theaters, historically, bring together communities and provide entertainment, educational opportunities, and, importantly, jobs. I’d be interested in follow up stories to see how these theaters hold up.

  • This is so good. I feel that poor and rural communities are neglected when it comes to things that would be considered normal in more urban, wealthier areas. Malls, movie theaters, bowling alleys - anything that could be considered fun isn't likely to be placed in areas that are likely to shrink rather

    This is so good. I feel that poor and rural communities are neglected when it comes to things that would be considered normal in more urban, wealthier areas. Malls, movie theaters, bowling alleys - anything that could be considered fun isn't likely to be placed in areas that are likely to shrink rather than grow, and for those who are rooted in these communities or merely can't afford to uproot their lives, there's no advantage to having nothing around them. "'Everyone should have a right to dream,' Esparza said. 'Movies allow people to dream, to think of a world outside their experiences.'" I love that a Latin producer and developer recognizes this so intimately and brings these ideas to life for people with less of an advantage, and I love this quote. Movies are a goldmine for imagination. Everyone should be able to sit down in a movie theater and enjoy themselves as they explore an entirely different world. Thank goodness for this.

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