Silsbee theater's fate in limbo after Harvey destruction.

Pines Theater in Silsbee suffered water damage from Harvey. Employees were asked to search for other employment but the theater's fate has yet to be determined.

SILSBEE, TX -- Saving the Pines. A community know looks save a beloved theater after hearing reporter that employees were asked to look for other employment. The theater suffered major water damage from the Harvey floods. And one Silsbee resident is leading the fight to save the Historical landmark.

     For Susan Kilcrease the theater holds a special place in her heart and is a spot of many firsts. 

"My husband and I, we had our first date there in 1973 and even our first kiss there."

     Her grandfather was the very first manager for the theater which allowed her to get a special pricing for movie tickets, that price -- free.

     The Pines opened its doors in 1948, and for 69 years has served as a major part of Silsbee's culture.

     Over the weekend employees were told they needed to look elsewhere. That message left Maegan Forse, a former employee, upset because the Pines was her first place of employment.

     But the "closing" is not set in stone. Posted on the Silsbee Economic Development Corporation's facebook page is a statement saying they have reached out to AMC Theatre's, which is the company that owns Pines Theater, and that the corporate giant has yet to make a decision on the fate of the theater.

     Kilcrease says if the town were to lose the theater, it would have a huge impact on the community and says she and other will get to the bottom of what is going on.

"We are not sure what is going on right now but there is many of us in the community that are looking in to this and that it is our intention to fight for our pines theater because we love it and we dont want anything to happen to it."

     

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