Hanover theater closes suddenly

posted by danpetitpas on November 12, 2008 at 3:45 pm

HANOVER, PA — The manager of the Diamond Cinema found out his theater was closing when an employee called him Monday morning to say the signs were missing and most of the equipment and supplies were gone.

Rushing to the discount theater, he found a note from the owner saying the theater was closing.

The owner sited last years writers' strike as the cause of a falloff in business. Less movies are being released and first-run theaters are holding onto them longer, resulting in less business in the second-run circuit.

The theater reopened in 2007. The owner said he lost more than $100,000 in the theater this year and also closed a cinema in York last September because he could not afford the rent.

Read more in The Evening Sun.

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Comments (3)

Broan
Broan on November 12, 2008 at 7:31 pm

That’s one of the more ludicrous excuses I’ve heard.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on November 13, 2008 at 4:27 am

FOR SURE……….THEY HAD TO THINK THAT ONE UP!!!

Marcel
Marcel on November 18, 2008 at 2:56 pm

I used to live in Hanover, Pa. There is a sixteen screen theatre less than a mile from this theater, and they do keep films a long time, but less movies being released? I can argue that-maybe less good movies! Back in ‘03-06 this theater was run as a discount theater called Value Cinemas-they had good prices and even tried showing quite a few independent and art house films. This theater was once a single screen in the seventies then later twined then badly cut up further. I do remember it being in pretty decent shape though. The area is growing and it’s near Gettysburg. Better management and a marquee out front may help-you wouldn’t know this theater was there unless you lived there.

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