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POSTED: Thursday, December 11, 2014, 5:03 PM

The current dispute over the Bala Theatre may be heated, but at least it doesn't stink.  In the 1980s, a rivalry between the Bala Theatre and the Narberth Theatre got so bad that one owner resorted to skunks and sabotage

The two theaters opened just a year apart, in 1926 and 1927.  The Bala is Egyptian-style, the Narberth is Art Deco. Both are historic and both are cornerstones of their walkable small-business districts.  At times, they have competed for the same customers, creating something of a rivalry.

In 1984, the owner of Bala Theatre, Steven D. Fox, reportedly proposed an arrangement -- Bala would stick to commercial films, and Narberth would stick to arthouse and foreign flicks.  

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