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Bringing the Movies Back to Life

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Movies bring out an emotional side of people that not much else can. They make us laugh, cry, and sometimes angry. Through all of that they make us feel. A feeling that Mike Packett holds very dear to his heart.

 "Movies are such big parts of our lives," said Packett who owns the Retro Cinema 4 in Forest City. Packett has owned Retro Cinema since 2009 when the previous owner closed shop and left town.

"I couldn't imagine there not being a theater in this community," said Packett. "It would be very sad."

 Packett and his family attended the last showing five years ago and like what he and his family do each time the credits roll, they danced.

"Memories we were creating were so powerful to us and then we found out the theater was shutting down," said Packett. "That was when my wife started crying and said we won't ever get to do this again."

It was in that moment with his family that he made the decision to purchase the Retro Cinema.

Fast forward to a decision made in 2013 that Hollywood film distributors would be changing from reel to reel and make the leap to a digital format. This put a strain on Packett.

"We didn't know what to do," said Packett. "We had to raise $300,000."

$300,000 would be enough to purchase four digital projectors so the Retro Cinema could continue to show the newest movies straight from tensile-town. That is when the community stepped up to help the theater.

"We were able to buy two of the projectors," said Packett.

 The money used to purchase those two were from raffling off a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro. Currently he is raffling a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

"That was part of what we had to do in order to keep this thing going," said Packett.

 All of these bumps along the ride to where the Packett family is today have tested the family's strength, but no matter what they will stay strong. Because of what happened six years ago.

"We got saved, we took the Lord into our lives," said Packett. "That's when things changed for us."

It is his faith and strength that, no matter how tough the days ahead might be, it will all be taken care of in the end.

"This place was heaven sent," said Packett. "We were meant to be here, there's no doubt in my mind."


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