Show Business: NATO Is a House o' Weenies

The most historic meeting in Manhattan last week was, needless to say, at the United Nations. But across town, NATO was conducting an even more tumultuous and unstatesmanlike session. This NATO was not the North Atlantic Treaty Organization but the equally embattled National Association of Theater Owners. The gloom at the meeting was almost as thick as the cigar smoke.

Just two weeks before, yet another Moorish movie palace, Miami's Olympia, had shut down.* Typically, rural theater chains like Oregon's Adamson have reported a 30% drop in volume in the past year. In...

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