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Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Death of the movies

The grandkids came last night for pizza, corn on the cob, mushrooms, and shishito peppers out of our wood-fired oven.

It was great fun and a good meal—though the evening didn’t start out smoothly. First, my granddaughter, Lucy was horrified to discover a nest of yellow jackets that had taken up residency in the tubular frame of our outdoor dining table. Paul to the rescue! I duct-taped shut the small holes they entered through but not before one of their angry guardians stung me three times—sending me fleeing for the safety of the screen door guarding Terri and the kids. I later forgot the peppers roasting in the 700-degree oven and they turned to charcoal. Then, one of the pizzas destined for the fire “kind of just fell off ” the peel and onto the deck. This faux pa was followed by some crying, then a spilled water glass across the fresh-baked pies, but soggy pizza and all, a fun family dinner.

The real motivation for visiting with us was the evening’s entertainment: Disney’s new movie, Mulan (a sort of female version of Luke Skywalker). Already a paying Disney Plus subscriber it was a bit of a shock to fork over an additional $28 for the privilege of being among the first to watch it—as we would in theaters—but theaters aren’t open because of the pandemic.

And then it hit me. The death of the movie theater.

Theaters were struggling before the pandemic, dying during the pandemic, and once it’s over and life “returns to normal”, my guess is that the major studios, like Disney, will have found it far more profitable to just charge home-viewers theater rates for all new releases. Once that happens the only remaining advantage of movie theaters is forever gone.

We knew things would never get back to normal. It had just never occurred to me theaters might be among the permanent casualties.

At least most of us can share with future generations how we once gathered together in auditoriums to bother each other with noisy popcorn-munching, cellphone usage, and getting unsettled as guests who couldn’t hold their water visited the loo.

We’ll also be able to whimsically reminisce about missing the shared laughter, gasps, and applause of community.

Asheville, North Carolina ‘s Home Theater and Audio specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

An idea worth spreading

Christmas is fast approaching and we are reminded this is a time of giving. There are many in our community that haven’t as much as we do. There are families that struggle to make ends meet, to heat their homes, to put healthy food on the table. For some in our community Christmas doesn’t mean opening presents under the tree. Each year we try and fix that for as many as we can. It’s an idea worth spreading.

My wife Terri came up with a plan that puts smiles on family’s faces and builds teamwork at the company. That’s a winning combination by anyone’s standards.

There are 25 employees at PS Audio and they, along with their family members, gather one evening after work. The group is divided into four teams and each team is assigned a family in need. Armed with a list of the family’s ages, their wishes for gifts and an envelope filled with cash, each team is sent out for one hour to buy everything on the list. As we scatter through the stores of Boulder, it’s a bit of a frenzy but fun. We meet back with bags of goods and set them up on four tables piled high with the presents. The best sales person on the team has to then present the lot of presents to everyone else and we vote for who did the best job. After the winning team is selected we share pizza, cider and cookies and wrap all the presents. Here’s a picture of the results:

What we do is simple and can be repeated in your community. We’ve found the families in a number of different ways over the years such as community food bank programs or the local church. The first year PS Audio contributed $50 cash for each family member. This year we upped it to $100 per person. It’s not a lot of money but it brings a lot of joy to families in the community and, perhaps as important, to our team. It’s an event we look forward to each year.

It’s an idea worth spreading in your company, your community, or even your family. It’s an idea that needs to be considered this year, not put off to next.

Send us a picture when you do. And thank you. It matters.