Longtime Midwest exhibber Jack Compston died in Forest City, Iowa on April 5. He was 99.
Compston started his career in the movie business in 1944 in Wabeno, Wisc., where he owned three theaters in the area. He then moved to Sleepy Eye, Minn., where he bought a theater that also had a small bowling alley in the basement.
In 1954 he bought the Forest Theater in Forest City, and continued to manage it until 1974 when he retired. His son Gary and his wife Cathy still operate the theater, and Compston continued be active in advising the theater for many years.
He survived by his son, Gary, a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.