PRATT, Kan. - The Barron Theatre has been open in Pratt since 1930. Soon, for the first time in 25 years, Tim Barker's family won't be running it. Barker told KAKE News ticket sales are steady but the movie business has gone digital and the Barron is still using film. He says it would cost them a lot to make the switch.
The news has spread quickly and people in Pratt are disappointed. Already a Facebook page created in an effort to save the theater already has nearly 1000 likes. Barker doesn't want to say the Barron is closing for good, his family is just stepping down. He's open to offers from other groups who want to take the movie business on. No official last day of operation has been set, but Barker says they do expect to finish up the summer movie season.