October 22, 2014
BLANCHESTER, OH — With a building dating back to 1941 the Showplace Cinemas has closed. Called the cheapest theatre in the U.S. (i.e. the cheapest patron-cost to see movie), the discount theatre could not convert its three screens to digital. They hope to reopen soon.
Visit their website for further details.
October 7, 2014
HILO, HI — While it had only been operated by Regal for a year, the Kress Cinemas‘ art deco building has been standing since 1932, most of its time spent as a department store. The fourplex will no longer show films and will now be home to the Sure Foundation Hilo church.
Read more in Pacific Business News.
(Thanks to Ross Melnick for providing the photo.)
September 25, 2014
September 19, 2014
BABYLON, NY — After almost 100 years, the Babylon Cinemas has closed. Its latest operator, Bow-Tie, claimed it just couldn’t keep up with the competition. They installed digital and even lowered prices but the theatre just couldn’t bring enough business.
Read more in Newsday about the closure and the fading theatre landscape of Long Island.
(Thanks to bway for providing the photo.)
August 26, 2014
AMBRIDGE, PA — The summer of 2014 may be remembered as the last hurrah of many older theaters that couldn’t make the jump to digital. The Ambridge Family Theater closed its doors after almost 50 years in business. The owners are putting it in the market so maybe an enterprising younger steward can help it along. They’ll have to buy a new projector first though.
Read more and catch a video at WPXI.
August 25, 2014
DESTIN, FL — The Lively Cinema 10 closed last weekend after 27 years business. They spent more than half their time as the only cinema in town and didn’t even suffer greatly when a competitor opened nearby. The digital conversion was one obstacle they couldn’t overcome.
Read the full story in the Destin Log.
July 28, 2014
LONGMONT, CO — It may have only opened in 1997 but the Twin Peaks 10 gave its audiences its fair share of memories. Once the former Twin Peaks Mall is redeveloped into the Village Twin Peaks, there will be a new theater. That’s not until 2015 though.
Read more along with personal recollections at the Times-Call.
July 21, 2014
STAUNTON, VA — The Dixie Theater will close on July 27 due to rising expenses. It’s particularly upsetting given they only recently spent thousands converting two of their four screens to digital. It’s unclear what its owner, Staunton Performing Arts Center, plans to do with the building but before it closes, they’ll be screening some fan favorites like “Back to the Future” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
Read more in the News Leader.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
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