Independents find it tough going
FALMOUTH, MA — A recent article in the Cape Cod Times demonstrated how difficult it is to open and run a small, independent theater these days.
The Falmouth Cinema Pub, using a dinner/cocktails concept, closed in less than 10 months after its owner spent more than $1 million on renovations. The cinema pub was housed in the old Falmouth Mall Cinemas, converting six theaters to three. The place sat 400 and served pizza, burgers, appetizers, beer and wine during the movies. But if failed to attract enough people to make it profitable.
Another nearby cinema on Cape Cod suffered a similar fate. The Buzzards Bay Theater in Bourne took seven years to open and closed just four months later
Its owner spent $165,000 to renovate his theater but it attracted only 3,000 people a month, not the 10,000 he expected, and closed.
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