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A movie theater in Maine will be given away in an essay-writing contest

12.31.2015
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Have you ever wanted to own your very own movie theater? Well, you're in luck, because the owner of the Temple Theatre in Houlton, Maine is going to be giving the theater away to the winner of an essay-writing contest. No, you're not back in high-school. Mike Hurley has attempted to sell his theater before but unfortunately wasn't able to find many takers, so he took the next logical step and organized this essay-writing contest. Hurley won't be losing any money giving the theater away in this fashion as he'll be collecting a non-refundable entry fee of $100 for each essay he receives. If he doesn't reach a minimum of 3,500 entries, he'll refund the money, but if he does, he'll have received his original asking price (or more).

So, what do you have to do if you want to enter? Lets take a look at the contest description from Hurley himself:

“Win the Temple Theatre in Houlton Maine” is a skill based, judged competition in which a person entering, in accordance with the rules set forth herein, will submit an original essay, along with an entry form, contest entry fee of $100, and two self-addressed stamped envelopes. The winning entry will be judged on meeting the technical standards, writing structure, content, quality of expression, creativity, and understanding of the essay question: “Why would you be the best person (or family or group) to be the new owner of the Temple Theatre in historic downtown Houlton, Maine?"

There you have, if you've always dreamed of owning and operating a small-town theater and have the essay skills to back it up, this is as good a chance as you're going to get. The contest was set to conclude on January 15, 2016, but has recently been extended for at least two more weeks. For more information about the contest as well as the theater itself, you can head to the Temple Theatre website.

Source: THRTemple Theatre

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4:06PM on 01/01/2016
I've lived in Maine my whole life. It would be cool to own a theater, but I'm not going to drive 2.5 hours to no man's land just to run one.
I've lived in Maine my whole life. It would be cool to own a theater, but I'm not going to drive 2.5 hours to no man's land just to run one.
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10:56PM on 12/31/2015
Born and raised Mainer here. Houlton is around the northern terminus of US Route 1. It is in far northern Maine, close to the Canadian border. There's little to do in the town other than picking potatoes, talking to alcoholics (which you will probably become there too), and watching moose fuck.
Born and raised Mainer here. Houlton is around the northern terminus of US Route 1. It is in far northern Maine, close to the Canadian border. There's little to do in the town other than picking potatoes, talking to alcoholics (which you will probably become there too), and watching moose fuck.
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12:36AM on 01/01/2016
That's pretty much what I'd have guessed. North of Portland there's pretty much nothing to do, and north of Freeport there's LITERALLY nothing to do. If there's a place in Maine I've never heard of, chances are it's way the fuck up in the middle of nowhere there.

At least if you win a theatre up there with $100 and an essay, you're probably not overpaying.
That's pretty much what I'd have guessed. North of Portland there's pretty much nothing to do, and north of Freeport there's LITERALLY nothing to do. If there's a place in Maine I've never heard of, chances are it's way the fuck up in the middle of nowhere there.

At least if you win a theatre up there with $100 and an essay, you're probably not overpaying.
10:17PM on 12/31/2015
Hey, I'm in Maine! No idea where the hell Houlton is (my guess is somewhere far north of where civilization ends) but maybe I should put my writing skills to work. Any schmoes wanna own a theatre with me?
Hey, I'm in Maine! No idea where the hell Houlton is (my guess is somewhere far north of where civilization ends) but maybe I should put my writing skills to work. Any schmoes wanna own a theatre with me?
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