Main Street Kansas: Oakley high school students learn business of running a theatre

Main Street Kansas

For a small town in western Kansas, having a movie theatre is more than just good entertainment. It’s a lesson in business for the kids.

Seniors at Oakley High School run the Palace Community Theatre.

“They do everything, they pay bills, they decide movies, which movies come. They clean it, and they have to get volunteers for the concessions stand,” said Kimberly Munk, Oakley High School business teacher. 

“It’s a great project, allowing students to run a business and see what it’s like,” said Allison Bockwinkle, student. 

The students even have to create a resume, write a paper and interview board members that started the theatre. 

“It’s a lifesaver, gives kids something to do. It’s been a good deal, self-supporting pretty well,” said Bryce Munk, theatre board member. 

The students have used money from ticket sales and grants to upgrade the theatre’s projectors, heat and air system. Any funds left over go for college scholarships.

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