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Too many theaters, too few movies in central Arkansas

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published January 14, 2013 at 11:08 a.m.

By all accounts, 2012 was a record year for domestic movie ticket sales, which hit or may have even topped $11 billion, depending on your source, Eric H. Harrison writes in Tuesday’s Style section.

But in central Arkansas, the movie market is stretched surprisingly thin, with too many screens chasing too few movies.

“Pulaski County is massively over-screened,” says Matt Smith, who owns west Little Rock’s five-screen Market Street Cinema, the area’s only “art house,” and is an intense inside observer of the area’s movie-theater competition.

“We’ve got 25 screens too many.”

Read more about about the movie biz in central and Northwest Arkansas in Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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nlrengineer says... January 14, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.

Of course a theater owner thinks we have too many screens. Less competition means more potential revenue for him. Matt Smith is central Arkansas' movie theater equivalent of a slum lord. He runs dumpy theaters in Little Rock and Searcy.

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