To the editor:
At the last Chamber Awards Dinner, Rohs Opera House was fortunate enough to receive the Outstanding Member Award for 2008. We are all excited and humbled by this award. As I stated at the dinner, we are all in this because we love the Rohs Opera House and want to keep it as a part of our community.
During the last 18 months we have attempted to bring a variety of affordable events to Cynthiana. Obviously we show movies, there have been concerts, comedy, theater, showcases for local talent such as Cynthiana Idol; we have ghost walked, danced and we have brought classic movies back to the big screen. Some of these endeavors have proved successful while others have flopped terribly. That is part of the learning process and part of operating a business in small town America. One thing is for sure: we all have stories to tell! The old Opera House is never short on adventures.
Unfortunately, we face the prospect of closing our doors on a weekly basis. As much as we love Rohs, we still have to pay the bills. No one involved collects a salary from the theater and we all have “real” jobs. We have one two-part question for our fellow citizens. What events would you like to see at the Rohs and if we bring them will you come? We know we are affordable as more and more people from out of town are coming to Cynthiana to frequent Rohs.
We are asked many times why we do not get current movies. The reason is simple. We are a one-screen theater and have limits set by Hollywood. If we get a movie the night it comes out, we have to keep that movie exclusively for a minimum of three weeks. We cannot show any movie with it and the cost is very high ( as much as 80% of our ticket sales go to the movie companies). We do try to get the movies that are deemed must see and over the past year and a half have brought many of these to Cynthiana with mixed results. This same rule means that we have to wait at least three weeks to get a movie after it comes out. This is the main reason our prices are much better than theaters in surrounding towns. We have been pressured by the movie companies to raise our prices and thus far have been able not to do that.
In closing, we all want to say thank you to our supporters and to Cynthiana for helping keep a local treasure open. How much longer we can do this remains to be seen. We ask for your suggestions and we ask for your support.
Roger Slade on behalf of Rohs Opera House