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Movies at Midway Won't Host 2015 Rehoboth Beach Film Festival

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announced this week that the annual Rehoboth Beach Film Festival will no longer be held at the Movies at Midway starting 2015.
According to Midway, contract obligations bar it from renting out theaters. However, this year's festival, November 5-9, will be held in four of the theaters and the rest will be in Cape Henlopen High School's auditorium.
According to the film society's board president Darrel Grinstead, the decision was a shock, but they plan to have the festival no matter what.
"We made every effort to convince them that they should continue to support them but so far we have no success in that regard," Grinstead said. "There's worry, but we have every expectation that with all the various venues in this community we'll be able to put on a film festival in 2015 but we frankly haven't had enough time to make the plans for that."
Some society members are upset, like Rochelle Cohen.
"I can tell you it's very special for a lot of people," she explained. "Last year I rescheduled a hip replacement around the film festival."
Grinstead also said he wishes the film society had showed more appreciation for Midway in the past, and understands the contract change.
The film festival sold 19,000 tickets last year, for several thousand people, and is expected to grow every year. The movie-goers come from many different states, and bring business to Delaware's beaches.
Jessica Nathan, manager of restaurant Bethany Blues, said she is disappointed in the loss of the nearby event.
"We'll certainly see a drop off," she said. "Because they do films all day and all evening and we're open for lunch and dinner, it's a nice flow in and out for us."
Grinstead also said the film society is considering opening its own movie theater, but are still in the early planning stages.
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