October 29, 2007
ALBION, MI — The historic 1929 Bohm Theatre closed this week after a supposedly successful period in which it was owned and operated by Albion College. Locals and students from the school (who could attend for free) alike visited regularly so no one saw the closure coming.
Albion’s historic Bohm Theatre closed its doors Monday, and local officials said they had no idea the closure was coming.
Sue Marcos, president of the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce, said the news came as a surprise. She first heard about the closure on Monday.
“We are very disappointed that it closed,” Marcos said. “It was a great theater, very reasonably priced and used by many people in the community.”
Read the full article in the Battle Creek Enquirer.
Such a shame. Like me, after discovering this article, you probably thought some megaplex on the outskirts of town came in and killed this theatre. Not even close. The 10,000 citizens of this town are most likely traveling 20 miles to Jackson or almost 30 to Battle Creek to go to the movies instead of attending their neighborhood theater!
October 17, 2007
FLINT, MI—The Cinema 10 will close on Sunday, October 21. The closing was previously announced last August, but the closing date wasn’t announced until now. As with the co-owned and now closed Showcase Cinema Flint East, the closing is because operation of this multiplex is no longer viable. National Amusements, which leased this theater, will make “every effort” to relocate the Cinema 10’s 30 employees to National Amusements' other theaters.
Details can be found in the Flint Journal.
National Amusements' cutbacks in Michigan are the subject of the latest Flinn’s Journal from this writer.
October 16, 2007
NORTHAMPTON, MA — The Pleasant Street Theater is slated to close soon as the new owner has no intentions to maintain its business.
The Pleasant Street Theater, Northampton’s last remaining venue for first-run movies, will show its last film sometime within the next two months and close its doors, its owner said today.
Robert Lawton, who owns the business with his wife Julie, said he is in the process of selling the building at 27 Pleasant Street that houses two small theaters. Lawton declined to say who is buying the building but said the new owner does not intend to get into the movie business.
“He would be happy to have a movie theater there, but he doesn’t want to run it himself,” Lawton said.
For more info, go to the Republican.
October 5, 2007
CHICAGO, IL — In a move that perhaps surprises no one, Village Entertainment’s Lincoln Village 1-6 will close soon, possibly as early as this week.
It was the only cinema remaining in West Rogers Park.
The theater is closing, according to Village CEO Ron Rooding because of a lease dispute over the parking lot, which is owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Last March, the district prohibited theater patrons from parking in the by installing concrete barricades in the parking lot between the theater building and the Chicago River. The barricades also blocked access to the Lincoln Village Car Wash, which will also close.
“Without parking, I can’t sustain my business,” Rooding said. Theatre patrons were also prohibited from parking in the lot of the adjacent Lincoln Village Shopping Plaza and were instead directed to park their cars in the Home Depot lot across the street.
September 24, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC — According to a report in the Washington Post, the AMC Dupont Circle 5, a 5 screen 725 seat miniplex, will officially close by the end of January ‘08. It was the last surviving theater in that area after the closings of area theaters such as the Janus, single screen Dupont and Embassy. Its replacement will be an undisclosed retailer.
The last movie theater standing in Dupont Circle, a neighborhood once known for its small, funky, foreign and art-house film offerings, will close in January after struggling to compete with the area’s bigger and newer multiplexes.
The demise of the Dupont 5 reflects the increased difficulty for smaller, neighborhood theaters competing with megaplex venues. Those behemoths, after conquering the suburbs with their stadium seating and surround-sound offerings, have steadily gained a foothold in urban markets. It is also a sign of the continuing change underway in one of the most distinctive neighborhoods in Washington, one brought on by increasing rents for commercial real estate.
August 22, 2007
FLINT, MI — The National Amusements theater chain has announced they will close two of their multiplexes in the Flint market. The Showcase Cinemas Flint East in Burton will close on September 3 after the last show. The Cinema 10 in Flint Township will also close, but the closing date has not yet been announced.
This will leave National Amusements with three locations in the area: the Showcase Cinemas Flint West, the Courtland Cinemas and the Miracle Twin Drive-in Theatre. The Miracle Twin will close for the season on September 3 and plan to reopen the drive-in (one of two National Amusements still operate) for the 2008 season.
National Amusements stated the Showcase East will close because “operation is no longer financially viable.” The theater chain also faced additional competition with the opening of the NCG Trillum Cinemas in Grand Blanc.
For additional info, see the news story in The Flint Journal.
August 10, 2007
SOUTH PASADENA, CA — Rumors are swirling that Landmark Theatres will close the venerable Rialto Theatre in the near future, no date given.
As reported at Metro Blogging L.A.
UPDATE 8/10: It looks like it’s official. The Rialto will close on August 20th. The future of the building is still up in the air but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be torn down.
(Thanks to jilldoughtie for providing the photo.)
June 16, 2007
HONOLULU, HI — It was announced on June 15, 2007 that the Varsity Theater in Honolulu would close in two days.
The Varsity opened in 1939. In recent years it was known for showing art house and foreign films.
The building had original Art Moderne/Art Deco designs.
Here’s a link to an article on the closing in the Honolulu Advertiser.
May 14, 2007
WHEELING, WV —. The great Capitol Theatre is scheduled to close and can be yours for $850,000.
Nearly 80 years after opening its brass-trimmed doors, the Capitol Music Hall — West Virginia’s largest, most famous and arguably most beautiful theater — is for sale and on the verge of closing.
A brief reprieve brokered by Gov. Joe Manchin III and Wheeling Mayor Nicholas Sparachane is expected to keep the historic hall open long enough for the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra to hold the final concert of its Masterworks series May 18.
Here’s the rest of the story on the closure from the Post Gazette.
Here’s more more history on the theater.
April 2, 2007
CHICAGO, IL — “Thats all folks, Theater Closed”
That’s what the marquee read on the Village Art Theatre. And so closes one of Chicagoland’s oldest surviving cinemas. It began operation in 1916 as the Germania, later changing its name to the Parkside. It was also known as the Gold Coast, the Globe and most recently alternated between being called Village and Village Art. Up until the 1990s, it remained a single screen and was well known for showing off-beat fare, second run fare, and midnight movies. In the 1990s, it was carved up into 4 screens, perhaps to better compete with the nearby Piper’s Alley, and losing much of its character in the process.
In the late 1990s, Village Entertainment incorporated and started taking over other cinemas, beginning with the Village North, then many theatres which were a part of the ill-fated Meridian chain, and most recently the Lincoln Village and the North Riverside. Village’s finances and business practices were questionable, however, and no sooner would Village Entertainment take over a place, it would close several others. Since 2006, Village Entertainment closed the Golf Glen, the Pemberton, the Lakehurst, the Belvedere and a few others.