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I appreciate the details here - I was hoping the Express would follow up on what happened. I was a Parkway patron since 1997 and there in sadness on the last day. I don't know the Fischers personally, and my sense about them was that they ran the business with a lot of inventiveness, personality, and dedication to serving the community that patronized the theatres. I don't think profit was the top of their agenda, and that seems borne out by their willingness to keep going in faith, even when it cost them a lot. It's sad to me that they weren't helped more on the business end by the city after they helped develop something that goes beyond profit - neighborhood and community. Both Oakland and EC lost a lot by the closures - the theatres were for me, and I suspect so many, way beyond a place to see a movie and eat pizza.
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