• December 10, 2008

    Auburn’s Old State Theater to close, but….

    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

    SunStar to close Sarasota theater

    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

    Delaware’s last drive-in closes

    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

    Historic Ioka Theater to close Christmas Eve

    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

    First 20 screen theatre to close

    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

    Westgate Cinemas to close

    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 pressures multiplex to close

    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.

  • November 12, 2008

    Hanover theater closes suddenly

    HANOVER, PA — The manager of the Diamond Cinema found out his theater was closing when an employee called him Monday morning to say the signs were missing and most of the equipment and supplies were gone.

    Rushing to the discount theater, he found a note from the owner saying the theater was closing.

    The owner sited last years writers' strike as the cause of a falloff in business. Less movies are being released and first-run theaters are holding onto them longer, resulting in less business in the second-run circuit.

  • November 11, 2008

    New York’s Pioneer Theater closes

    NEW YORK, NY — The Pioneer Theater on Third Street at Avenue A, owned by the popular Two Boots pizza chain, held a farewell party last Friday. The 99-seat theater was a victim of rising rents. Four films were shown for free, and all the food and drinks were free as well.

    Interestingly enough, the single-screen theater was relatively new, only nine-years old, bucking the multiplex trend, having been built as a labor of love by the pizza chain and programming quirky independent films. This leaves only the Ziegfeld and the Paris as single-screen theaters in Manhattan.

    Read more in Vanishing New York.

  • November 7, 2008

    Two Boots Pioneer theater closing

    NEW YORK, NY — Two Boots Pioneer an independent movie house on the Lower East Side, closed, effective November 1st. Their last show was “Night of the Living Dead,” in celebration of Halloween. The theater had been successful for nine years, but was facing a rent hike and the end of their lease. The Pioneer showcased much original programming throughout its life, including celebrations of 70s porno chic and a tribute to Luis Guzman. There will be a free party on November 7th to send the theater off in style.

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