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Theater Owner Keeps Seats, and Parking Meters, Full

January 12, 1994

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) _ Mike Mihalich wants to make sure the only tickets his customers get are for the movies shown at his Main Art Theater.

So he’s been sending his ushers outside during shows to feed the 67 parking meters outside his 1,000-seat theater.

″I don’t want the patrons to feel like they have to leave the theater to fill the meter and miss part of the movie,″ said Mihalich, who estimated that the gesture costs him up to $100 on busy days.

City officials say the meter feeding isn’t necessary because a total of 1,041 spaces are in two parking garages a block or two away. Mihalich and other businessmen say they’re too far away.