One former Spinelli circuit theater reopens; another still seeks buyer
ROCHESTER, NH — When Spinelli Cinemas ceased operations last year, the chain’s four cinemas were put up for sale. One of these, the Lilac Mall Cinema 4 reopened on July 30, now operated by TBA Theatres. The Strand in Dover, which opened in 1925 and which was last operated as a triplex, remains closed though a principal in the realty company that now owns the building may be interested in operating it if another buyer does not step forward.
The future of The Strand, however, remains uncertain. Currently owned by Rose Realty, the Third Street theater has been vacant since last September. Robert DiBerto of Rose Realty said he is still entertaining the options of selling the theater or reopening it himself. DiBerto also owns BarnZ’s Barrington Cinema.
DiBerto said he has been preoccupied with other projects over the last few months but now plans to focus his attention on The Strand. “It’s time to get back on this project and stay focused on it,” he said.
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