There's some good points in here, but maybe something you're forgetting is quality- in particular, Page Auditorium. The reason it's hard to fill that is because the theater is a dump- the first (and last) show I saw there, I could hear a class discussion taking place on the other side of the wall, and I was hard pressed not to hit the person's head in front me with my knees. People might be willing to pay more for non-dump like, like with the newer movie theaters in town.
Most telling was the comment by Campanaro from the Carolina, about the "artistically relevant offerings" and calling Durham what it is, a third class city. In the end this is just another story about city government and its malfeasence, but it will be interesting to see just how many irrelevant shows are put on to draw in the Triangles finite supply of well-to-do culturally walking dead.
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