Few community theaters left operating in Maine, New Hampshire
PORTSMOUTH, NH — The closing of the Strand in Dover, NH is sadly only the latest in a long series of community theater closing that have left the seacoast towns of Maine and New Hampshire with almost none of their original theaters still showing films. A recent article by Gina Carbone details the losses over the years, the struggle of the survivors to keep going, and the value of community cinemas.
“What is their future? I doubt they have one,” Detzler said. “Most every independent operator I know of is either closed, planning to close, or planning to redevelop. I cannot name names but the list of closed theaters in New Hampshire will continue to grow. … The fast pace of technological change, the business environment and customer expectations are too much for small operators to keep up with.”
Even so, as some local theaters fall, others are holding on or even being born — operating as nonprofits, diversifying programming beyond just films, or turning to the technology that’s killing others and trying to make it work for them.
Read more in Seacoast Online.