Movie theaters across the country have been forced to close their doors, thanks to this coronavirus pandemic. It’s hit the theater business extremely hard.
But one movie theater owner in Fairfax, Va, is refusing to go down without a fight. Mark O’ Meara owns two movie theaters in town, and just like the major chains, he was forced to close.
It’s horrible. All my life, I’ve had all kinds of tragedies, but I’ve never had a problem missing a meal or sleeping. This has been bugging me. I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night. As a 67-year-old, you’re supposed to get sleep, but I haven’t been able to.
He could have easily sat at home and licked his wounds, but instead of feeling sorry for himself, he decided to do something to help his employees who no longer had a paycheck coming in.
Most of his employees are under 30 and live paycheck-to-paycheck, as do the majority of Americans. But how could he pay them while the doors to the theaters were shut? Well, he decided to start selling curbside popcorn.
He sold huge tubs of popcorn for just $3 to the public, and it was a success. He’s making between $300 and $400 daily, which isn’t enough to cover all costs, but he was able to pay some of his employees.
Someone got her paycheck. I was watching her. She took out her calculator and she said, ‘Yes, I can pay the rent.’ That’s what it’s all about.
Hopefully the locals continue to support his popcorn side hustle until movie theaters are allowed to open again.