Small-town movie theaters: Locally owned, locally loved
It’s not as if David Lanterman ever dreamed of owning a movie theater.
And he had more than enough on his plate as it was, what with being chief fiscal officer for Springfield-based Capitol Strategies, part owner of a specialty shop in Lincoln and a property manager.
Yet he recently rallied a group of investors to join him in buying the movie theater in Lincoln, the town of about 14,500 residents where he grew up and where he returned to live 12 years ago.
Spurring him to take over ownership was his concern that the theater was a low priority for the national chain that owned it and, therefore, might be subject to closing.