Hazen Theater Reopens [N. Dakota]

Joel Porter | 10/26/2011

There aren`t many things to do in a small town, especially during the winter. Starting this weekend, people in Hazen will be able to check out a movie without leaving town.

This may be the hardest eight weeks of Jeremy Zako`s life. Two months ago, he took on what he calls the opportunity of a lifetime, to reopen the old theater in a town of 2,400 people.

“I love it,” said Zako. “This is all I`ve ever wanted to do was own my own theater and so this is the start of something huge for me.”

The building was actually scheduled to be torn down. Zako happened to be working in Hazen in August. So he asked the building owners if they minded if he took a crack at reopening the place.

“One thing led to another and within a couple weeks, we were in here starting to renovate,” said Zako.

Duke Rosendahl, with Hazen Community Development, said, “Everybody was shaking their heads before wondering if the theater was ever going to be back and I`d say most people probably thought it was gone for good.”

Zako said, “We thought it needed to have some color to jazz it up a little bit.”

With a fresh coat of paint, new flooring and a new concessions counter, Zako is just days away from reopening the double-screen movie house. …

For the complete story and VIDEO, see http://www.kfyrtv.com/News_Stories.asp?news=53006

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