Market Street Productions (MSP), the operators of the Tally Ho Theatre in downtown Leesburg since 2008, have given their notice and will be vacating the theatre effective in early September, 2012. Their last day of operation will be on Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day).
Dave Wright, operations manager for Market Street Productions, cites many reasons for the decision to move, including increasing competition from surrounding multiplex cinemas, the high overhead cost of operating a movie theatre and, most importantly, the eventual conversion from 35MM film to digital projection. “Within the next 12 months, the major studios will no longer produce and ship 35MM film prints and will be 100% digital by the end of 2013” says Wright. “Because we do not own the space, we could not take the venue in the direction it would need to go to sustain itself long-term.” Mr. Wright and his partners, David Sly and Steve Heaton look at this move as a positive step and believe this will actually afford them the opportunity to focus their efforts on the live comedic performance aspect that has become a trademark of their tenure at the Tally Ho. … Continue Reading