Former owner Roger Fons bought the then-closed Old Town Theater in 2003 with the intention of opening a live music venue but it quickly became a movie theater once again.
The Old Town Theater was in a thriving and popular part of town, a "date night" area.
Instead, it was a mess. The theater was not cleaned well. Posters and lighting units were stored in plain sight. Movies never started on time, leaving patrons crowded in the small lobby or spilling out onto the sidewalk.
One reason the movies never started on time is that Fons couldn't resist a captive audience.
When there was a full house, instead of showing coming attractions, Fons would stand in front of the theater and opine about anything that happened to be on
For years, the theater did not work with online services such as Fandango. The theater's Facebook presence was not consistently maintained, even though it once generated significant activity.
Fons did not recognize the neighborhood demographic and staged movies inappropriate for the old, small theater.