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Spokane man on a mission to save Riverfront Park IMAX

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

In 1974 the big screen got even bigger.

Spokane's Expo brought people from all over, and introduced them to IMAX.

But now, more than 40 years later, the iconic theatre could roll the final credits one last time.

"What can I say I love this park,” said former Riverfront Park Manager, Hal McGlathery.” It was the best job I ever had, I lived it night and day."

McGlathery retired from his position with the park 1996, but has been trying to save the IMAX theatre since.

In the last decade, ticket sales have plummeted and the theatre is losing more than $80,000 each year, but McGlathery is hoping to change that.

"There's a lot of potential for IMAX to get passed the negative net income,” said McGlathery.

McGlathery says replacing the one million dollar film projector with a digital projector might be the answer because it would save the theatre $20,000 a film, and allow them to show more blockbuster movies.

But plans to remodel the park include demolishing the theatre, and time is running out for McGlathery to save it. The city is breaking ground on July 8th.

McGlathery plans to present his economic impact report to the park’s board of directors on July 11th; He says they are open to the idea of keeping the theatre.

McGlathery says it would cost more money to demolish the park than to install a digital projector.

Other changes to the park include relocating the ice rink and removing the rides.

McGlathery says removing the IMAX and rides will take away 130 summer jobs from Spokane youth.

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