Grand Prize: Get the Keys to This Historic Movie Theater


Guess what? 250 words and a $100 bill could be all that stands between you and the keys to a historic movie theater in Maine.

According to CNN, the current owner of the two-screen, 98-year-old Temple Theatre in Houlton, Maine is looking for a successor. The theater’s current tenant, 65-year-old Mike Hurley, says that  he’ll hand over the keys to the old-timey movie house to the contestant that supplies the most convincing essay.

The catch? Tell him why you deserve to own the business.

“The winning entry will be judged on writing structure, content, quality of expression [and] creativity,” Hurley says. Along with a $100 entry fee, Hurley must receive 3,500 entries before he gives away his business. If he receives less than that number, all entry fees will be refunded.

Here’s the ad the theater is running for the contest.

Along with the theater itself, the winner will win ownership of the entire three-story building, which also includes a Masonic lodge, apartments, office space and the adjacent parking lot.

Hurley says he has only received a few hundred applicants so far, but hopes that number will rise before the Jan. 31 deadline. He also says that whoever wins the contest will enjoy the rare “opportunity to get into the business debt-free and become the entertainment hub of a wonderfully supportive region.”

You can find out more about the Temple Theatre’s contest at its official website.

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Grand Prize: Get the Keys to This Historic Movie Theater