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Sycamore State Theatre: We are for sale, not closing

SYCAMORE – The Hopper family announced Thursday on Facebook that they are selling the Sycamore State Theatre and hope the business stays a theater.

Owner Daryl Hopper wants people to know this doesn’t mean the end for the theater.

“We would love for this to remain a theater for our community and we would be willing to provide training to anyone interested in the business and building,” Daryl Hopper said on the theater’s Facebook page.

Hopper, who has owned the 95-year-old theater since 2000, and has worked at it since 1992, said she’s been in the movie theater business since 1975.

She recalled Thursday that she’s worked every “Star Wars” movie release since “A New Hope,” released May 25, 1977.

“This is the last ‘Star Wars,’ this is my swan song,” she said about the franchise’s ninth film, “The Rise of Skywalker,” released in December. “It’s time for us to live for ourselves.”

Hopper said she and her husband, Kenley, moved to North Carolina in June 2018 and ever since that point their daughter has been running the theater.

Daryl said Christmas 2019 was her first one she’s had off in 44 years.

“It’s a fun business,” she said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Daryl said it was “very hard” to make the decision to sell the business but it’s right for them.

“It’s time to move on,” Daryl said.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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