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Last picture show in Magnolia; but new books coming



LAST SHOW: Was Sunday at Magnolias Cameo.
  • Mike McNeill
  • LAST SHOW: Was Sunday at Magnolia's Cameo.
I alerted Mike McNeill, who runs the Magnolia Reporter website, of a Magnolia angle in a New York Times story today and he provided a paradoxical counterpoint.

McNeill reports here on Magnolia's "last picture show." The Cameo Theatre, shown in a photo by McNeill from his website, closed Sunday night after a history spanning 63 years.

Maybe Magnolia can replace movies with books.

The New York Times article I referenced was about the big sale of books at author Larry McMurtry's expansive bookstore in Archer City, Texas, the setting for McMurtry's novel and film, "The Last Picture Show." From that article:

Eric Stuart, 30, and his wife, Caitlin, 23, came to the auction from Magnolia, Ark., with a 24-foot trailer and 900 broken-down boxes. They’re starting a store called the Full Nelson, named after their infant son. After the first two hours of bidding on Friday, the Stuarts had purchased 17 lots of books. Mr. Stuart estimated their outlay at 60 cents a book.

If the Stuarts are successful, maybe they could move into the old Cameo.

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