• November 6, 2009

    Pittsburgh’s Cheswick Theater closing

    PITTSBURGH, PA — The number of screens it has had over the years expanded and contracted, but for over six decades, the Cheswick Theatre has been entertaining patrons in the Alle-Kiski Valley area. The owner is reluctant to close it, but economic realities have left him no choice.

    “I didn’t want to close it, but there is such a thing that when it starts costing you money, you have no other alternative.”

    The closing of the four-screen Cheswick Theatre along the north side of Pittsburgh Street comes two years after its sister building, which had two screens, closed.

    It’s another step toward the end of an era in the Alle-Kiski Valley in which movie lovers flocked to downtown neighborhood theaters in New Kensington, Vandergrift, Cheswick and Tarentum.

    Read more at Pittsburgh Live.

  • October 30, 2009

    Bargain cinema in Sumter closes

    SUMTER, SC — The three screens of the Sumter Value Cinema have gone dark. The theater, once known as the Movies 3, served this community located about forty miles east of Columbia.

    “It’s good to have a place to go that doesn’t cost too much,” he said. “Especially in this economy.”

    Leasure said he could bring five people and get drinks and popcorn for everyone for about $40.

    “I’d spend $40 at the other place just to get in the door,” he said. “I don’t know what we’ll do now.”

    Read more in The

  • October 28, 2009

    Cinemark closes Greentree 10

    CLARKSVILLE, IN — The 10-screen GreenTree Mall bargain cinema operated by Cinemark was shuttered as of October 18. Cinemark had closed the nearby Greentree 4 some years previously.

    While the theater has lost customers to newer Great Escape theaters in the area, it still had a following with families and students looking to see movies at discounted prices a few months after their initial release.

    Ticket prices range from $1 to $2, depending on matinees and weekend show times. On Tuesdays, moviegoers in a group of three or more paid 50 cents each.

    More details in the Courier-Journal.

  • October 20, 2009

    Cinema North’s theaters abruptly close

    RUTLAND, VT — All ten of Cinema North’s current theaters were shut down as of October 13. The theaters operate under the Movieplex name and include one theater in both Vermont and Massachusetts, and eight in New York state.

    Some news reports indicated that the closings were temporary, but at least one claimed that the chain was filing for bankruptcy.

    A sign on the front of the cinema’s doors in North Adams also says it’s “temporarily closed.” All information was wiped from the corporation’s Web site late Tuesday morning. Calls to its headquarters Tuesday have gone unanswered. The Rutland Herald reported that an employee in the corporation’s headquarters said the owners would be not be releasing any information on Tuesday.

    North Adams theater manager Scott Ingalls told the Berkshire News Network on Tuesday morning that the closure means the loss of 15 to 20 full- and part-time jobs, including his and a full-time projectionist.

    Read more in iBerkshires and in the Rutland Herald.

  • October 13, 2009

    Atlanta’s Magic Johnson Theater closing

    ATLANTA, GA — The 12-screen Magic Johnson Theater, operated by AMC, is closing before the end of the month. Located in the Greenbrier Mall, the theater opened in 1996. Mall owners are hoping another operator will come forward, but are also looking at other proposals for the use of the space.

    The Greenbriar theater changed hands several times. AMC acquired it after merging with Loews Theatres in 2006.

    AMC spokesman Andy DiOrio said the company has closed a handful of theaters nationwide this year as it seeks to upgrade or close aging theaters.

    “While we understand and appreciate that community’s affinity with that theater, we also have two others in that vicinity, AMC Parkway Pointe 15 and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24,” he said.

    More details in the Atlanta Business News.

  • October 12, 2009

    Beaver Valley Cinemas closes

    BEAVERCREEK, OH — The second-run Beaver Valley Cinemas has closed.

    The announcement came from the Dayton Daily News.

  • October 6, 2009

    Laemmle Grande to close

    LOS ANGELES, CA — For a while, it’s been the only first-run cinema in downtown, but on the heels of the opening of the new Regal opening at L.A. Live, the Laemmle Grande is closing its doors.

    Laemmle Director of Operations Kevin Gallagher confirmed that the staff was informed of the announcement on August 1.

    While the company discussed the option of focusing on art films or commercial crossover indie films, it felt that the specialized market needed more than locals to fill the house.

    Read more at blogdowntown.

  • October 5, 2009

    Spinelli cinemas in New Hampshire closed

    DOVER, NH — The four New Hampshire theaters operated by Spinelli Cinemas are closed: The Lilac Mall Cinema in Rochester, the Barrington Station Cinema 6 in Bar, the Plymouth in Plymouth, and the Strand in Dover. The owner hopes to re-open them by October 9, according to this article at

    “This is not a shutdown,” he said Thursday, noting he plans to have jobs available for his employees, the number of which vary depending on the season but average about 30.

    There are no plans to sell the business “at this time,” he said.

    Ticket sales “were down,” Spinelli said, but some months were better than others as the theaters vied for the most popular recent films. That hasn’t always been easy considering “we don’t have the unlimited funds that these large chains have,” he said.

  • October 2, 2009

    Branson Meadows Cinema closes

    BRANSON, MO – The 11-screen Branson Meadows Cinema has closed. Located in the Shoppes at Branson Meadows and operated by Nova Cinemas, the theater had beem operating for ten years.

    The cinema featured 11 houses, a large lobby with a small arcade, a central concession area with four serving stations and all stadium seating. It has also become a local hangout.

    “I hate that it is closing,” Branson resident Sandy Booth said. “It is close to home and we come here all the time. I’m definitely going to miss it. My son worked here while he was in high school.”

    Read more in the Branson Daily News.

  • September 29, 2009

    Hoff Theater to close in January

    COLLEGE PARK, MD — The independent Hoff Theater located in the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland in College Park be be closing as a full-time cinema in January. Although subsidized by student fees, the theater is expected to turn a profit, but has been unable to do so for some time. The university has decided to turn it into a a rental facility for student and other groups. Student employees are concerned about the impending closure, and are organizing efforts to save it, in spite of competition from nearby multiplexes.

    But the news saddened and shocked Hoff'‘ student employees, who learned about the expected closure of the theater as early as mid-August. They said they have been organizing efforts to increase revenue and hopefully reverse the decision, including a video competition and a “Save the Hoff” night. They are also reevaluating the movies they show and how they advertise them.

    The employees, quoted anonymously because they are not authorized to speak to the press, stressed that the Hoff is a campus landmark and a safe alternative to partying and drinking.

    Read more at DiamondbackOnline.