What's New

SPRING 2021 MESSAGE

Movies

To Our Customers:

Well here we are again, in what would have been our 42nd year, and we will loose another season. Being seasonal to open will take 5 weeks to prepare, and cost around $35,000.00, reactivating the insurance will add another $10,000.00. When we open it can't be with seating restrictions since having 140 people in 550 seats per screening will not pay the bills or recover the re-opening costs. We would have had to open no later than July 1, since 75% of our revenues come from the period from July 1st to Aug. 15th. and looking at the Provinces re-opening plan, indoor Theatres will probably open with restrictions sometime in August. Most of the movies we needed to make money have been moved and the ones remaining will be streamed as well as being in Theatres which simply won't work for Theatres.

More importantly most customers won't be going to the movies until they are fully vaccinated (my second shot at 74 isn't until July 21st ), and this is over, and it is far from over. It won't be truly over until it is over all around the world, and no variants have compromised the vaccines. Last week thousands of cases of Black Fungus were reported in India in recovering Covid-19 patients with a mortality rate of 50%. The latest edition of Scientific American screams THE NEXT DEADLY PLAGUE, THE GROWING WOLDWIDE THREAT OF FUNGAL DISEASE. US Theatres I have talked to say they are running shows with 5 people in the auditorium. I don't think anyone knows when things will get back to normal, and our fearless leaders are winging it. So I have no idea when we can once again See You At The Movies!

The Theatre has received some help from both the Federal & Provincial Governments but I am probably going to have to look at something in addition to help get us thru, when I figure it out there will be a posting on the web-site and Facebook. I was supposed to have a list of posters we were contemplating selling up by Christmas. The list hasn't been sent yet, because some other Theatres are suggesting we take 500 posters, photograph them and put them on a web-site they recommended and auction them off as a fund raiser. I have decided to release the list of over 2,000 posters to everyone who has contacted us in early June, I will ask recipients to make us an offer on any posters they may be interested in and email us back withing 30 days. At that time the posters will be gone thru once and notifications will be sent out. Purchasers will have the option of picking them up, or having them mailed out. If we do this right we should be able to re-open next year, but we have to open the first weekend in May 2022 under normal conditions, or that is the end of the line.

CAT TALES

Movies

I was really humbled by the number of people who last year made donations to our resident 42+ cats, it was appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to keithstata@nexicom.net Cheques can be mailed to Keith Stata, Box 85, Kinmount, ON K0M 2A0. Donations of food and money can also be left in the drop box on the driveway. I would note the cats consume Purina Friske's 156G cans of wet food, Purina dry food, & Veterinary Grade Urinary SO. They also go thru a Hell of a lot of Temptations!

The cats here are a mix of feral cats, stray and abandoned cats that would have been put down had we not intervened, and given them a forever home. There are 11 houses, they consume 9,500 cans of Friskies a year, and it takes 40 hours a week to look after them. Over the years some cats have been adopted out if a suitable home could be found before they were here more than a month. I am contemplating that maybe people making donations if they are prepared to make an appointment could visit the cats during July & August, a decision will be made later on this.

Since I feel we really need a bit of levity right now, I thought I would recount some events of the past 2 years. In the fall of 2019 I finally finished a pen for the Crew, it certainly has cut back on litter box use! I lost Milo that fall, he turned up in the middle of a storm on the Aug. 1st weekend some 12 years ago, everyone had gone and one soaked cat was sitting in the lobby, looking quite frightened, he never left. Scruffy our resident HIV cat had to have one eye removed. (We are getting to the levity!)


 

 

 

 

 

Normally feral cat pens have roofs of wire, but when we built Left Behind Lane house and pen there wasn't supposed to be any ferals, and the pen is over 40' sq. so a roof is out. Things were good until I took in 4 feral kittens, and their mom and dad. The adults went to Tom Cat Alley, but the kids went to Left Behind Lane, between that addition and Kristoff a nightmare began. They started getting out. PLAN 1 run an overhang of wire down the 40 ft of both sea containers, Failure still getting out. PLAN 2 heighten and increase the front and back pharaohs curl, Failure still getting out. PLAN 3 install a 40 ft anti climb metal section on the front 40 ft. Failure still getting out. PLAN 4 install a 4ft. overhang across the front. Failure still getting out. PLAN 5, install an Australian roller on the window to prevent jumping. Failure still getting out! PLAN 6 install a 20 ft. catchers mitt on the east side to prevent jumping. Failure still getting out! Right about then the frost heaved the gate and they just went underneath. Found, Splash, Oreo, and Kristoff were climbing up the plywood wall, around the 1 ft roof overhang, getting on the roof and jumping 12 feet to the sea container!! Solution, put Kristoff and Splash in the side apartment and built a pen inside the pen with a roof. Success! Trapped Oreo in the little house on Tomcat Alley, sectioned off a small roofed pen. Success!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Poisy and Waddles kids

In the winter of 2019 Sir Poisy was our free roaming tom, however another cat that appeared to be female turned up in the heated feeder, trying to keep warm. It later became apparent she was on camera shots 4 years before where we dump the popcorn for the racoons and bear. Missy & Poisy don't do traps, so when 12 racoons decided to move in under the Theatre because the heated cat feeder was just too much of a good thing, (Got rid of them by sticking an electric leaf blower down an air vent over where they were sleeping and turning it on, haven't seen them since!) I hatched the PERFECT PLAN. Two small apartments two small pens where they hung around, separate and safe. Hmmm well Missy walked right in and I closed the door. Poisy had doubts. Moved the feeder over and connected it to the other apartment. Mid December late one cold night closed the door, sure enough he was inside, so was his girlfriend! Scruffy was losing his other eye and decided to move Missy into his old apartment and build him a new one for a blind cat. Took down the crate, Missy went into hiding for 2 weeks apparently she doesn't do crates! Built a little cottage with bed and an electromagnetic trip, Missy doesn't do cottages! Built a 40 ft. bridge connecting to the house I wanted her in. Went for a stroll but wouldn't go in. She did however decide to go visit Bam Bam and beat him up. Sent Squeek 3 out to protect him, which only led to the 2 of them running for their lives. Put a gate on her bridge. Saw Waddles, the feral female, bigger than 2 barns, at 1 in the morning cut the pens and put a sonotube between Poisy's pen and the bridge. He went for a stroll and now lives in Scruffy's house. That night Waddles popped 5 kittens. I was in the middle of finishing Scruffy's new digs in the power shed, had to stop and add an addition to Waddle's house since it was designed for 1 cat not 6 and I needed a way to get the kittens out when they were weaned. The house featured a track and sliding gate at the entry activated from the outside. The other night they were all asleep and mom was in the pen. They are now in a crate in the house. Not sure if they can be socialized, mom has taught them Keith is evil so swat, spit and attack! Not sure what else could possibly go wrong! At least they haven't come down with Covid 19! If we ever get to re-open all the back exit paths will need to be changed as we now have a sub-division in the middle of them!


FALL 2020 MESSAGE

Movies

Well another year has passed, not exactly as planned to say the least. It seems strange to have gone thru what would have been our 41st season, with the theatre closed and boarded up, no people around, the grass overgrown, and the movie posters from 2019 Thanksgiving still fading in the cases. The simple fact is the Theatre can't run profitably without our customer base of Tourists, Locals, Camps and Schools. Further we can't generate revenue with social distancing, the extra costs of Covid 19, and without Hollywood blockbusters. Not to mention that Theatres that did try to open found the majority of customers unwilling to sit in a Theatre with other people at this time. To open the door is around $30,000.00 which if we spend we have to have a reasonable chance of recovering and actually make money. To make matters worse all our stock left over from 2019 is now history.

Staying closed isn't cheap either. It will take around $65,000.00 to go thru a year without income. We still have a mortgage from the Digital Conversion, taxes, hydro, insurance, & maintenance to deal with. We also had to spend money dealing with humidity issues in the Theatre this summer with the AC not running. Then there is the care for our 42 resident cats. I want to express my gratitude that you didn't forget the cats this year, and want to thank everyone who made donations of money and food etc. towards their care. It was greatly appreciated, and humbling to say the least.

When I started this journey I accepted the fact we would loose the 2020 season, and hopefully re-open in 2021. Unfortunately this is looking less and less likely.  It is generally accepted that the restrictions will not be lifted, and customers prepared to again go to the movies until a vaccine is found and 75% of the population is vaccinated.  Projections optimistically are towards the end of 2021, since we are seasonal this means short of a miracle we stand to loose a second season. Loosing one season is one thing, loosing two is a whole other challenge.  It also raises the question what will the business look like when we do get to reopen? There is also the nightmare of trying to find staff, which has been difficult thru the last decade, as we will be starting from scratch. 

We are exploring several avenues forward, but more than anything else, timing will be the deciding factor. Customers have been offering various suggestions to help, from seat sales, season ticket offerings, and a Go Fund Me Page. It is hard to say if any of this would work. In the meantime I have been spending my time preparing to declutter 40 years. In 2012 we started making a list of MOVIE POSTERS to sell. That List will be finalized by Christmas, so if you are interested email keithstata@nexicom.net for a copy when complete. Persons who have already inquired will be receiving emails as well as all the emails are currently on file. IF YOU ARE BUILDING YOUR OWN HOME THEATRE, we have lots of props to decorate it for sale, from full size 35mm Theatre Projectors, vintage Theatre seats, reels, film, and a number of Theatre Popcorn Machines we have in storage. For further information call Keith at 705 488 2199, or email keithstata@nexicom.net

Stay turned for more updates as time goes on. Stay well, Stay safe. Keith

UPDATE JUNE 22, 2020.

DaveWELL IT WAS A LONG WINTER, NOW IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS GOING TO BE AN EVEN LONGER SUMMER! FOR FORTY YEARS HIGHLANDS CINEMA'S HAS OPENED AT THE FIRST OF MAY, AND CLOSED ON THANKSGIVING. A RUN OF 5.5 MONTHS. WE DON'T JUST "TURN OUT THE LIGHTS ON LEAVING" ACTUALLY IT TAKES 120 HOURS. THE BUILDING IS CLEANED, BOARDED UP, WATER TAKEN OUT, AC UNITS COVERED, FLAGS COME DOWN, CHRISTMAS LIGHTS GO UP, BAMBOO, ARTICHOKES, LEAVES REMOVED, & STOCK SHIFTED. OPENING UP ALSO TAKES 120 HOURS. THE COST TO OPEN FOR WORK, INSPECTIONS, AND SERVICING IS $15,000.00 WITH MINIMAL STOCK, BUT USUALLY $30,000.00 WITH FULL STOCK. (WE TRADITIONALLY BUY ALL THE POPCORN AND OIL IN AT ONCE). THAT IS WHAT MAKES THIS YEAR SO TROUBLING.

OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS HIGHLAND'S CINEMA'S, THRU A LOT OF HARD WORK WENT FROM A SMALL 50 SEAT THEATRE, WITH A 8' x 10' LOBBY, TO AN 18,500 SQ. FOOT STRUCTURE WITH 5 SCREENS 550 SEATS & A 4,000 SQ. FT. MUSEUM. I DIDN'T BUILD A THEATRE IN KINMOUNT TO GET RICH, THAT IS FOR CERTAIN. I BUILT IT BECAUSE I ENJOYED IT, THE MOVIES, THE CUSTOMERS, THE STAFF, THE BEAR, ALL OF IT.

FOR THE THEATRE TO WORK, WE NEED SCHOOLS, CAMPS, BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES, GOOD STAFF, & RAIN TO BRING IN THE CUSTOMERS. THIS YEAR THERE ARE NO SCHOOLS, OR CAMPS, OUR STAFF FOR THE MOST PART HAVE FOUND EMPLOYMENT ELSEWHERE, ALL THE MAJOR MOVIES ARE GONE, THERE IS ALSO THE CONCERN MANY PEOPLE WILL NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE IN AN INDOOR THEATRE AT THIS TIME. THE CRITICAL WEEKS OF SUMMER ARE NOW APPROACHING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, WILL REDUCE OUR SEATING TO AROUND 30%. THAT COMBINED WITH THE EXTRA COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19 WOULD MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE MONEY THIS YEAR OR JUSTIFY THE COST OF TRYING TO OPEN. LIKE MANY BUSINESSES WE SIMPLY WEREN'T DESIGNED FOR COVID-19, AND AT 73, I DON'T WANT IT EITHER.

I DID CONTACT OUR MPP TO SEE IF THEY HAD ANY IDEA WHEN INDOORS MIGHT BE ABLE TO OPEN AND NEVER HEARD BACK. I AM BUSY CUTTING COSTS SO WE CAN GET THRU THIS YEAR WITH NO INCOME, AND HOPEFULLY BE ABLE TO OPEN UNDER MORE FAVOURABLE CONDITIONS NEXT SEASON. I MADE A CALL TO OUR LOCAL COUNCILLOR TWO MONTHS AGO RE HELP AVAILABLE IN OTHER MUNICIPALITIES FOR BUSINESES WHICH ARE CLOSED, AND NEVER HEARD BACK. WE ARE DEFINITELY NOT ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!

MEANWHILE I HAVE 42 CATS TO CARE FOR, SO AS USUAL DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. THE PROPERTY IS CLOSED AND A DONATIONS BOX IS LOCATED AT THE GATE. ON THE MATTER OF COVID-19 IF THE WET MARKETS THAT SPAWNED IT HAD BEEN CLOSED AFTER SARS, LIKE THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN, NONE OF US WOULD BE IN THIS MESS! IF THEY REMAIN OPEN THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE IN THE NEXT DECADE THEY WILL SPAWN A NEW VIRUS THAT IS FAR MORE VIRULENT AND LETHAL, MAKING COVID-19 LOOK LIKE A MINOR INCONVENIENCE. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY WITH WHAT IS GOING ON NOW, IT IS UNLIKELY SIGNING PETITIONS ON CHANGE .ORG WILL ACCOMPLISH CLOSING THE MARKETS, BUT IF WE ALL REFUSE TO BUY ANY PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED IN THESE COUNTRIES, BY COMPANIES WHO'S ONLY CONCERN IS PROFITS, WE CAN EFFECT CHANGE. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.

HOPEFULLY WE CAN AGAIN SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES IN THE SPRING OF 2021, IN THE MEANTIME, STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY.

KEITH

UPDATE APRIL 2020 - IT HAS BEEN A LONG WINTER!

I hope this finds all our customers and staff healthy and self isolating. Due to Covid-19 this is the first time in 41 years we are uncertain when or even if we will be able to open for the season? Estimates range from 2 to 6 months that self isolating will have to continue, so I guess all we can do is hope for the best and time will tell. You can check the website or movie hotline (705 488 2107) for updates as to when we can again "See you at the movies!" I would like to thank the people who dropped off donations for our cats thru the winter months. While the theatre property is currently closed to the public, a donation box has been placed in the driveway for anyone who wishes to Donate food etc. for the cats in the interim. We are all in this together. Stay home and stay healthy.

Keith

2019 MESSAGE TO OUR CUSTOMERS:

Well here we are again looking at another season, our 40th year, how time flies.

It was the winter from Hell, ice everywhere so I decided to take my steels off so I could fall and break my ankle and spend 12 weeks sitting around with my foot up. Luckily I was able to find someone to come in and feed the cats.

The day after I broke my ankle someone dumped a cat carrier upside down in the drive. As we are at limit and beyond with 42 cats, it had to be surrendered to the Kawartha Lakes Humane Society.

There was considerable ice damage to the building this winter, so some areas will be late opening this year. We will open May 3rd. We had hoped to open April 26th with the new Avengers, but there are too many problems to deal with. Avengers will open as soon as we can get a copy off release.

Hoping to see you at the movies.

Keith


CONSUMER ALERT

IF YOU ARE CONTACED BY THIS COMPANY REGARDING INSTALLING A DRIVEWAY USING RECYCLED ASPHALT BEWARE. THEY WERE IN THE HALIBURTON, MINDEN, & KINMOUNT AREA LAST FALL, AND THE MATERIAL PROVIDED IS PRETTY MUCH SAND AND WON'T COMPACT. IF YOU WANT A LIST OF SOME OF THEIR UNHAPPY CUSTOMERS, OR TO SEE THEIR WORK, FEEL FREE TO CALL 705 488 2199 OR EMAIL keithstata@nexicom.net