ENTERTAINMENT: Despite economy, entertainment flourishes

Times Board of Economists - Update from Charlie Blum, Star Plaza President and CEO
2013-10-20T00:00:00Z 2013-12-18T16:20:19Z ENTERTAINMENT: Despite economy, entertainment flourishesVanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3244 nwitimes.com

A soft economy and government stability worries may actually bolster attendance at shows, concerts and movies.

When money is tight, the price of entertainment is worth the distraction to many people, said Charlie Blum, President and CEO of Star Plaza in Merrillville.

"Sometimes they'll use that as an escape," he said. "People are looking for a source of entertainment, to get out of the house."

Blum doesn't typically book as many summer performances, because people prefer to do outdoor activities. He took a chance last quarter and was more aggressive, booking such acts as comedian Jim Gaffigan and singer Diana Ross, and it was a success, he said.

Blum, who will attend a national entertainment conference in Nashville this week, said word on the street is that the health of the industry on a national level mirrors what he is observing locally.

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