December 30, 2008
ERIE, PA — After almost sixty years in the business, the Plaza Cinemas is scheduled to close.
The locally owned Plaza Cinemas screens will go dark for the final time next week. The theatre, located in the West Erie Plaza, will close on Tuesday, December 23, after nearly 58 years of business.
The theatre, opened in 1950, was the area’s first suburban theatre showing top Hollywood blockbusters. Opened as a large single screen theatre, it was converted to a four-screen multiplex in 1980.
Read the full story at WEP Cinemas.
December 16, 2008
FENTON, MI — The 8-screen Fenton Cinemas closed permanently December 7 after 23 years in operation. It opened as a twin cinema and eventually added six more screens. The economy is blamed for the cinema’s closing.
This was the only cinema in the Fenton area and the nearest cinema now is 15 miles away in Grand Blanc.
December 15, 2008
HARTFORD, CT — A developer is paying National Amusements $45 million to buy four abandoned Showcase Cinema theaters in the area to convert them to commercial and industrial use.
The developer has been negotiating with NA for two years. All the properties add up to nearly 100 acres and their excellent locations near major thoroughfares were compelling enough to make the deal even in this economy. One of the properties has already been resold to a local electrical utility.
December 10, 2008
AUBURN, CA — Here’s an unusual situation. According to this article the Old State Theater is or will shortly close (the theater’s website indicates Dec. 5 though the article says Dec. 20). The theater will be transformed into a performing arts center. However the current operator has copyrighted the theater’s name and intends apparently to use it as the name of her relocated cinema.
The Old State Theater, a haven for art-house films in Downtown Auburn, will close its doors Dec. 20 as an art deco movie house it has called home since opening in mid-2004.
Owner Theresa Cote said Friday that she has decided to move to a new location to let building owner the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center non-profit move forward with plans to modify the Lincoln Way theater for live performances.
Cote, who has copyrighted the Old State Theater name, said she is looking for a building in the Auburn area with about 3,400 square feet of floor space and good parking access to re-establish her movie business. She owns the projection equipment and screens at the theater.
Read the full story in the Auburn Journal.
December 9, 2008
SARASOTA, FL — SunStar will close the Sarasota Crossings 10 on December 14. SunStar took over the theater from the Regal chain in 2002.
The managers found out several weeks ago that the theater at 5521 Fruitville Road, at the Honore Avenue intersection, will close, and the other employees were informed this week.
Lucas said the employees have been told that the theater is closing to make room for a big box store.
Read the full article in theHerald Tribune.
December 5, 2008
FELTON, DE — The last drive-in theater in Delaware is closing Saturday. The theater operator can’t afford to buy the land and the property owners want to sell.
The Diamond State Drive-in Theater opened in 1949 and converted to adult films in 1966 until 1985. The screens were dark from then until 1995 when the present operator reopened it.
December 1, 2008
EXETER, NH — The historic Ioka Theater, which has operated since 1915 when it showed “Birth of a Nation,” will close its doors on Dec. 24th. The main reason is the high cost of installing a sprinkler system, with high energy costs and insurance costs as contributing factors.
The theater has 500 seats in the main auditorium with a smaller second screen in the basement which formerly served as the area’s YMCA.
November 18, 2008
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Once the largest in the nation, the Studio 28 Theatres is set to close next week.
That’s why it is no exaggeration to call the closing of Studio 28 the end of an era. During 43 years in business, it was an industry-changing business model copied by companies nationwide.
“She’s a grand old lady,” said John Loeks, president and owner of Loeks Theatres, with a melancholy tone during Friday’s announcement of the closing. “We had a good run — we wish it were longer.”
Read the full story in MLive.
November 14, 2008
After nearly 30 years anchoring Westgate Mall at the corner of Odana Road and Whitney Way in Madison, Wiscconsin, Westgate Cinema will close.
Milwaukee-based Marcus Theatres leased the space and operated Westgate during those three decades, but the four-screen theater struggled to get the most popular art and independent films after the much-heralded opening of the Sundance Cinemas in the Hilldale Mall in May 2007.
REDWOOD CITY, CA — City officials, who tried for two years to close down a multiplex that was drawing patrons away from the “revitalized” downtown area, finally got their wish. The Century Park 12 closed last month.
In 2005, a 20-screen Century theater and retail center was built downtown to bring moviegoers into the struggling Broadway area.
However, the Shoe Pavilion, the only shop in the retail center, is closing because of bankruptcy, and the Downtown Business Group says area store owners have not seen any increase in business since the theater’s closing.
Read more in the Mercury News.