• September 21, 2009

    Watsontown theater closing

    WATSONTOWN, PA — After one last benefit showing for the local library, the nearly sixty-year-old Watson Theater will be closed. The current owners that a buyer can be found who will re-open the movie house.

    Watstontown’s theatre has been around for more than a half-century.

    The has not shown a film in nearly a month. Its windows are empty, usually filled with posters for upcoming flicks.

    All this spells the end for the long-time theatre, according to its owners, who cite personal reasons for closing the community’s only movie house.

    Read more at WNEP.

  • August 20, 2009

    Regent Highland Park Village Theatre closes; may re-open in 2010

    DALLAS, TX — The Regent Hyland Park Village four-screen multiplex in Dallas is closing, but is scheduled to re-open in May after renovation. The theater is leading location for art house and indie fare.

    The Regent Highland Park Village theater has closed.

    Thursday’s slate of films, which included movies as varied as The Hangover and indie $9.99, will be the last ones shown until the theater reopens in May.

    More details in the Dallas News.

    The chain’s other theatre, Los Angeles' Regent Showcase, also recently closed.

  • August 14, 2009

    Palmyra’s only cinema closes

    PALMYRA, PA — After eleven years of operation, Palmyra, Pennsylvania’s Cinema Center 12 has closed.

    As far as funerals go, this one went almost unnoticed.

    There was no big motorcade, no cascading flower arrangements, no somber speeches. Just a moving van, some cardboard boxes and a couple of lonely popcorn kernels.

    After 11 years as the town’s only movie theater, the Cinema Center of Palmyra closed last week.

    Read the full story in thePatriot-News.

  • July 2, 2009

    Varsity Theatre closes its doors forever

    CHAPEL HILL,NC — After initially reporting the possibility, as of Friday, June 26,2009….the only movie theatre located in Downtown Chapel Hill, the Varsity Theatre, closed its doors forever.

    The Varsity, whose theater marquee is the icon of Franklin Street, is closing according to its owner Bruce Stone. Despite rumors and blogs that said the theater was going to close, it wasn’t official until Stone made the announcement on Thursday, June 25, 2009.

    The theater has been in business for 80 years and it is considered to be a Chapel Hill landmark serving not only the residents and patrons, but also serving the entire communities of Orange County, including nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The last two picture shows that played at the Varsity were “The Hangover”, and “The Brothers Bloom”.

    More on this at the Herald Sun(reg rqr’d).

  • May 28, 2009

    Denniston Cinemas close

    MONROE, MI — The Denniston Cinemas closed last week. It was built in 1974 at the height of the multiplex boom.

    I worked there from 1976-1979. The owner had been trying to sell the theatre, but got no takers. It had been increasingly difficult to book quality films over the local chain theatre competitor — Phoenix Theatres. The theatre opened with “McQ” starring John Wayne (“Wayne on Wheels”).

    Owner Joe Sterling, whose grandfather Joseph R. Denniston was a pioneer in the cinema business in Monroe, said it’s becoming tougher to book films to compete against the larger multi-screen theater complexes, such as Phoenix Theatres at Frenchtown Square mall.

    The Denniston Cinema has been for sale for about three years.

    “We have three screens and it really is a nice theater —clean and well-designed and everything — but we can’t compete for film because they have eight screens at the mall and the film companies are more interested in that venue,” Mr. Sterling said. “We haven’t been able to compete really successfully even since Regal was in there.”

    Read the full story in the Monroe News.

    Richard DuVal

  • May 13, 2009

    Fremont Street theater closes

    LAS VEGAS, NV — With all of Las Vegas struggling, the Galaxy Neonopolis closed last week amid financial problems.

    The silver screen will fade to black at downtown’s Fremont Street Experience, when Galaxy Theatres closes its Neonopolis multiplex following Thursday’s shows.

    Galaxy managed the 11-screen theater for the troubled center’s owners, taking over in September 2006 from Crown Theatres, which opened the theater in May 2002.

    Read more at the Las Vegas Review Journal.

  • May 12, 2009

    Howell Theater to close

    HOWELL, MI — After serving generations of moviegoers, the Howell Theater is closing down due to financial concerns.

    The downtown Howell movie theater has provided entertainment for the city for more than 80 years, but the landmark becomes nothing but a memory as the theater closes its doors for good. If you’re near Howell, it’s your last chance to grab a box of popcorn, sit with the family and watch the big screen at Howell’s historical movie theater. Moviegoer David Chapman says it’s a shock to see the only theater in town go.

    Read the full story at WLNS.

  • April 14, 2009

    Burlington Showcase 6 Cinemas closing

    I received an e-mail from Empire Theatres in Canada that said that the Showcase 6 Cinemas in Burlington, Ontario Canada will close on April 12, 2009.

    The Showcase 6 were built around 1983/84 and opened as a Cineplex-Odeon, later it was sold off to Empire Theatres when Cineplex merged with Famous Players in Canada.

  • March 12, 2009

    Baltimore’s Historic Senator Theatre expected to close

    BALTIMORE, MD — A press release was issued today that puts the future of Baltimore’s Senator Theatre in doubt.

    “We just received notice that accelerated foreclosure is proceeding, said Senator owner Tom Kiefaber.

    On top of that, Baltimore City’s transition steering committee apparently given up on the non-profit proposal, even though community leaders formed The Senator Community Trust and asked to become that non-profit owner. One member of the committee said,

  • March 6, 2009

    Miracle Twin Drive-in Theatre closed permanently

    BURTON, MI — Inquiring about the status of the Miracle Twin Drive-in Theatre, it has been confirmed that it has closed permanently based on this E-mailed reply:

    Thank you for contacting us with your inquiry. National Amusements closed the Miracle Twin Drive-in for the season in September of 2008 and will not be reopening the theatre. National Amusements offered the theatre employees positions in the company’s local indoor theatres. We wish to thank our loyal patrons who have shared great movies and memories with us over the years, and hope to see them at our other area theatres.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

    Wanda Whitson

    This means that National Amusements, which began as a chain of drive-in theaters, is no longer in the drive-in theater business.

    Read more about its official closing here.