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CANYON -- Changes to the movie theater industry may close a local icon. The Varsity Theatre in Canyon can't find any film, and now they're fighting to survive.
CANYON -- Changes to the movie theater industry may close a local icon. The Varsity Theatre in Canyon can't find any film, and now they're fighting to survive.

So where does the theater go from here?

"Well I really don't know," said Varsity Theatre owner Garry Cathey. "It's probably gonna go out because of the lack of film."

The lack of film isn't just a local problem, it's nationwide. Paramount Pictures recently announced they'd only release their films to theaters in digital form, leaving the Varsity in a tough spot.

" Used to there would be thousands of 35 millimeter prints, now there's like hundreds nationwide," said Cathey. "I've been forced to get movies that are six to seven weeks old and it's kind of impossible to do business with a movie that's that old."

For many the theatre is a Canyon staple, but Cathy says the digital age has aged the Varsity.

"It makes me really sad cause the Varsity Theatre is such a Canyon icon," said Canyon High School senior Cortlyn Dees. "There's a possibility this might not be here for future generations."

"What we're afraid of is all the other studios are gonna follow suit," said Cathey. "We're within weeks or months of probably not being able to get any product."

If the Varsity decides to go digital, it would take help from the community. But that could further complicate the theater's situation.

"There's been other theaters that have done this, and they've raised 20 or 30 thousand dollars of the 60 or 70 dollars that they need," said Cathey. "Now they're in a quandry as to what to do with the 30 thousand dollars cause it's not enough to do what they need."

All that can save the Varsity now, might be a little movie magic.

"I think it's just a staple of the community," said Dees. "It'll be sad to see it go."

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