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Risch recognizes Royal Theaters as Idaho Falls Gem

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – UPDATE 12/19/23: Royal Theaters now reacting to new recognition as a 'Local Gem.'

"We really try our best to be family and community oriented," Royal Theaters General Manager Brandon Lott says, "And the fact that the state officials recognize that and appreciate that it says a lot to us."

Royal Theaters is a family owned and operated local company. They get their start back in 1993 with the purchase of Centre Theatre. Since then, they grown to run two other theaters; Paramount Theater and Blackfoot Movie Mill.

Through the ups and downs, including a pandemic, they have been able to remain open when all bets were against them. "When Mom and Dad first bought the Centre, there was a group of guys that – they were film buyers and film bookers and different things like that – and they started a pool on how long we would stay in business. And... I mean, we defied all their expectations and stayed in business," Lott says.

The 'Support Local Gems All Season Long' initiative encourages the community to get out and support these small businesses by either buying from them or showing them some love online through reviews.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – U.S. Senator Jim Risch, member and former-chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, announced the selection of Royal Theaters in Idaho Falls as a Local Gem.

This recognition is part of the fourth annual Support Local Gems All Season Long initiative, which is a public awareness campaign Senator Risch created to encourage Idahoans to support the small businesses that make Idaho special.

“Royal Theaters is a beloved southeast Idaho gem for moviegoers,” Risch said. “Kent and Ingrid Lott’s passion for the movie business has provided more than 30 years of cinematic entertainment across three theaters– two in Idaho Falls and one in Blackfoot. Their love for the theater is why they continue to invest in the experience—upgrading seating and projectors and expanding the number of screens so more Idahoans can take in the latest blockbuster picture.”

Royal Theaters will be recognized in the Congressional Record of the U.S. Senate.

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