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Park Theater movie options considered
The faade at Park Theater updates passers-by of the Little Rascal showing Aug. 15. The movie will be shown free of charge at 11 a.m.

McMinnville officials are considering what to do about a longstanding deed stipulation that prohibits Park Theater from being used as a movie house, while scheduling a back-to-school movie.
“The Little Rascals” was released on August 1994 and will be shown Saturday, Aug. 15, at 11 a.m. Admission is free.
The movie was originally scheduled for a Thursday night and consideration was given to what fee to charge for admission. However, the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee met to discuss the event and Alderman Ben Newman discouraged both those aspects.
“I think it might be good to do it on a Saturday at 11 a.m. and not charge admission for it,” said Newman. “The theater (at Three Star Mall) shows movies on Thursday night. I don’t think we need to compete with them.”
At the heart of the issue is a stipulation placed in the deed when the property was sold to Jerry Williamson by Bob Bassham and his wife, Wanda. The Basshams currently operate Three Star Cinema.
In order to prevent competition, the following statement was added to the Park Theater deed: “This conveyance is subject to a restriction barring the use of the described realty for a motion picture theater by any subsequent grantee or lessee. This restrictive covenant shall run with the land.”
However, the city has a letter dated April 30, 2003 from Robert Bassham, president of Cumberland Amusement Company, that states the showing of “classic, educational and children’s movies that are not first- or second-run movies” are not considered competition for his theater at Three Star Mall.
A film that is recently released is in its “first run.” After the film leaves theaters and has been released on DVD, it is considered a second-run movie if it is aired again in a movie theater. Examples of classic movies are “Gone with the Wind” (1939), “Casablanca” (1942), and “The Wizard of Oz” (1939).
Specifically, the 2003 letter addresses a fundraiser proposed by Park Theatre Group and its showing of “Grease” on May 24, 2003 and the group’s intention to occasionally show those types of movies once Park Theater renovation is complete. Due to electrical problems, the movie “Grease” was never shown.
With the wording of the letter, the city is intentionally not showing first-run or second-run movies, not charging admission, and not showing movies at the same time as Three Star Cinema.
City attorney Tim Pirtle has been asked to contact the Basshams to begin discussions.