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People around Beach, N.D., are bracing for what could be the last picture show at the Bijou Theater, a fixture in the town of 1,000 near the Montana line.


The Bijou's owner, Margaret Walz, plans to close the theater after showing the animated feature "Cars," a movie run that begins today and ends Sunday.

The 74-year-old widow is ailing from arthritis and can no longer manage the theater, which has been in her family since the 1930s.

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Patrick Springer
Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to