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Burnt-Out Election Junkies Turn Up in Cinemas Seeking Escape

Until last week, film fans at iPic Theaters wanted lobby TVs turned to CNN and Fox News to keep up with latest election developments. Now they’re asking for the sets to be turned off.

After one of the most bruising presidential elections ever, ticket sales at Boca Raton, Florida-based iPic Theaters are up and interest in politics is down, founder and Chief Executive Officer Hamid Hashemi said Thursday in an e-mail. The movies are becoming an escape again.

“People are fed up with news and the election talk,” said Hashemi, whose iPic-Gold Class Entertainment LLC operates 15 locations ranging from the Democrat-heavy states of New York and California to Republican strongholds such as of Arizona, Florida and Texas. “Business seems better than usual for this time of year.” – READ MORE