• February 5, 2009

    Nova 8 in Naperville closes

    Nova Theatres has closed the Nova 8 in Naperville, IL. But don’t worry cinemagoers. It will soon show movies again. Per Nova’s website, “We regret to inform our valued patrons, that the Nova 8 Cinemas is now closed. The Theater will undergo extensive renovations, and re-open as a Hollywood Blvd in the coming months.”

    The Nova 8 was opened by Cineplex-Odeon in 1992 as the Westridge Court. It became a Loews-Cineplex after the merger, but was closed in 2001 when that chain filed for bankruptcy. Nova Cinemas reopened it a year later as the Nova 8. Competition from the soon to open Kerasotes Theatres at Fox Valley may have been a factor in the decision to close this place.

    The Theater will undergo extensive renovations, andd re-open as a Hollywood Blvd in the coming months.

  • January 20, 2009

    Narrows Plaza cinema closing, Galaxy 6 moving into location

    TACOMA, WA — With one chain moving out and another moving in, the Narrows Plaza has a future. As a result though, another theatre will close its doors.

    AMC Entertainment will end its operations at the Narrows Plaza 8 movie theater on Mildred Street in University Place at the end of business Jan. 25.

    But a theater still will exist at 2208 Mildred St., run by Galaxy Theaters instead.

    Galaxy’s existing Tacoma theater on 23rd Street in the Top Food & Drug shopping center will close as part of the transition.

    Read more in the News Tribune.

  • Courtland Cinemas close

    BURTON, MI — The Courtland Center Cinemas closed its doors after the last shows Sunday, December 11. This National Amusements cinema is the second cinema to close in as many months in Genesee County. The Fenton Cinemas ) closed last month. This is the third National Amusements cinema in the Flint area to close in recent months.

    They had previously closed the Showcase Cinemas Flint East and the Cinema 10. Looking at the Cinema 10’s attraction board now, the message which previously said to visit the Showcase Cinemas Flint West, Cinema 10 and Miracle Twin Drive-in now reads visit the Showcase Cinemas Flint West. So the future of the Miracle Twin Drive-in Theatre, the last remaining National Amusements drive-in theater, is uncertain. We will find out for sure by May.

  • January 19, 2009

    Village North/Visionary Theatre closes

    CHICAGO, IL — “We’re sorry, the number you are trying to reach 773-764-9100 is not able to receive incoming calls at this time.” So said the ominous pre-recorded message when I tried to call the Visionary/Village North Theatre to find out what was playing.

    And so it has happened, the oldest operating movie theatre in Chicago has closed. It was originally opened in 1912, thus barely missing its 100th aniversary by three years. The theatre had run through many names. Originally known as the Regent, it later became the 400, the 400 Twin, the Village North, and in its final months of operation, the Visionary.

    It might seem rather surprising that this theatre did close. After all, it was the only movie theatre remaining in Rogers Park. While it had no parking lot, it certainly received significant walk-in trade from the community, especially students from Loyola. It featured first-run movies at discount prices. So if it was not a lack of ticket sales, what did the Village North in?

  • January 13, 2009

    Cinema Center to close

    OMAHA, NE — Another devastating loss, one of Omaha’s oldest cinemas, the Cinema Center is closing next week.

    Next week will bring the last picture show to Cinema Center, one of Omaha’s first and longest-running multiscreen movie theaters.

    The theater at 82nd Street and West Center Road will close after Thursday’s screenings.

    Read more at the Omaha Record-Herald.

  • January 8, 2009

    Chehalis Theatre closes

    CHEHALIS, WA — The single screen Chehalis Theatre has closed due to competition from a new 10 plex all-digital projection theater recently opened in the area. The Chehalis Theatre has digital sound (pumping out a massive 3600 watts), a small stage with a big screen, modern snack bar, and a fully functioning well-lit marquee. Theater has been restored and is in very good condition.

    Daryl Lund knew that when the new multiplex theater came to town that things might get a little grim for his two theaters, Chehalis Cinema and the Regal Cinema 3 at the Yard Birds Mall.

    Two months after the opening of Midway Cinemas at the Lewis County Mall, the Chehalis Cinema closed its doors for the last time on Dec. 15 due to its inability to compete with the new theater.

    “I didn’t have any movies to show, because the new theater took them all,” Lund said. “I could show movies all day, but I’d lose money because nobody would go. It’s just hard when you can’t get the movies the bigger guys tend to get.”

    Here’s the full story from The Chronicle.

  • January 5, 2009

    Old theatre closing/new one opening

    After 13 years, on Friday December 19th 2008 the seven-screen Cineplex Odeon on Upper James in Hamilton, Ontario closed — the same day Cineplex officially opens its 10 screen complex (SilverCity Hamilton Mountain) five miles away in Stoney Creek. Construction took 7 months and the opening was delayed by 1 week. The general manager, Mr. Clive Thompson is well known in the community and runs a fine operation – he moves with his staff to the new location.

    SilverCity Hamilton Mountain Cinemas at 795 Paramount Dr. in Stoney Creek features 10 screens — including two equipped for 3-D films — and more than 2,000 stadium-style rocker seats. The new location is only a miles from the recently rebuilt 3 screen Starlite Drive In Theatre owned & operated by Premiere Operating of Don Mills, Ontario.

    Allan P. Barnes

  • December 30, 2008

    West Erie Plaza Cinemas to close after 58 years

    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 Cinemas close

    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.

    Additional info from the Flint Journal at MLive and MLive2.

    This was the only cinema in the Fenton area and the nearest cinema now is 15 miles away in Grand Blanc.

  • December 15, 2008

    Developer buys four closed Showcase Cinemas in Connecticut

    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.