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(Posted 7:30 a.m., May 3)
Mayfair at risk of closing less than six months after opening

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans only repretory theatre is at risk of closing its doors less than six months after its grand opening due to smaller than expected attendance.

Billed as Orléans' "Family Theatre", the Mayfair Theatre Orléans opened on Dec. 2 with high hopes of attracting theatre-goers interested in a more diverse cinematic experience than what is offered by the large cineplexes such as The Empire Theatre and Silver City.

The main focus of the theatre is on family-friendly programming with movies such as "Dr. Suess' The Lorax" and "The Three Stooges", but their niche is first-run independent movies and foreign movies such as "The Room", "The Flowers of War" and the critically acclaimed "Les neiges du Kilimandjaro" whch are all currently playng at the Orleans Town Centre theatre.

The theatres owners were hoping that a mix of first run mainstream movies with indepenent films and cinema classics would be a winning formula and judging by the more than 2,500 memberships they sold, they thought they were on the right track. The problem is that the members aren't coming often enough and non-members aren't coming in large enough numbers.

In a message to the theatre's members, the owners make it clear that if attendance doesn't improve significantly and soon, they will be left with no choice but to close the doors.

"Although we have sold more than 2500 membership cards, the overall attendance has been nowhere close to the numbers we were originally expecting. If we are not able to increase attendance in the immediate future we will be forced to close our doors for good very soon."

General admission tickets are $9 for non-members and $5 for members who purchase a $10 yearly membership. Children and seniors pay only $5.

This weekend's lineup includes "Wrath of the Titans", "The Three Stooges", the sing-a-long version of "The Sound of Music", "The Snows of Kilimandjaro" and "21 Jump Street".

For a full schedule visit http://orleans.mayfairtheatre.ca/.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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