• 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.

  • 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