October 2, 2008
NAPANEE, ONTARIO, CANADA — A fire at the Boulevard Cinema in Avril Lavigne’s hometown has closed the theater for the next few weeks.
The fire occurred last Tuesday on the theater’s busiest night of the week, discount night. The local fire department turned out quickly, the fire sprinklers worked, and there was extra staff on duty to help in the evacuation.
The fire started in a microwave located next to two popcorn machines and was contained to the refreshment stand.
SAN BERNARDINO, CA — The San Bernardino Police Department enhanced patrols around the CinemaStar movie theater this weekend as the mayor’s office received reports the theater was on the verge of shutting down.
None of the theater employees had been told about the pending closure and a woman identified as the manager told the reporter he would have to leave if he continued talking to employees.
The operator has been in bankruptcy and the city had been negotiating for months to get a new operator for the theater.
You can read more in the San Bernardino Sun.
September 26, 2008
COLUMBUS, OH — The Drexel Grandview is closing this Saturday, September 27. Its operator cited economic difficulties in running a single-screen theater, especially with rising energy costs.The building’s owner turned down an offer to buy the building so more screens could be added. Without the extra screens, the operator had no other choice.
The Grandview had been running without a lease and losing money for some time. It programmed independent and art films exclusively. The theater opened in 1928 and was about to celebrate its 80th anniversary. Its final films are “Elegy”, “Man on Wire”, and “Tell No One”.
DENVER, CO — Open for less than a year, the Neighborhood Flix Cinema & Cafe closed unexpectedly Monday because the three-screen theater could not secure first-run movies.
The multiplex was coupled with a cafe where moviegoers could dine before or after a movie, or even take their food with them into the theater.
Flix had intended to hold a fundraising event October 9th to help keep the theater open. However, on Monday evening, the owners notified all 20 employees that the theater was closing immediately and that they would try to sell the business.
September 5, 2008
COLUMBUS, OH — After over 80 years in the business, the Drexel Grandview is closing its doors and leaving nothing but memories for its community. Current management head Jeff Frank states that offers to buy the theatre and add screens have been refused.
The Drexel Theatres Group earlier this year lost their management to the recently built Gateway when Landmark Theatres took over. The Drexel Theatre in Bexley will continue to be run by the Franks.
The Drexel Grandview, the oldest movie theater in Franklin County and one of the region’s few venues for art films, will close Sept. 27.
URMSTON, GREATER MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — After a long struggle to keep this cinema open it has lost the battle. The last of three in the district, the owners tried so much but it needed too much renovation work and it became financial liability. The loss of the Empress, the Palace, and now this, means there isn’t a local cinema anymore.
August 28, 2008
BOSTON, MA — National Amusements is closing two Boston-area cinemas including Brookline’s Circle Cinemas
The Dedham-based movie chain plans to close the Showcase Cinemas Lawrence 1-6 on Monday and the Circle Cinemas in Brookline will close for business after the last show on Sept. 7. The private company said it would try to find positions at its other locations for the 51 employees affected by the closings.
“We watch all of our theaters closely,” Wanda Whitson, the company’s spokeswoman, told the Globe yesterday, “and make every effort to keep them as viable operating businesses. Once they are no longer viable, we make the decision to close them.”
Read the full story in the Boston Globe.
August 26, 2008
DUNN, NC — The town’s only theater, the Carmike Plaza Twin, will close this week with no plans yet on what will happen to it.
Just last year, the two-screen theater was given a full makeover, including new seats in both auditoriums and the latest Christie digital projectors.
“I think we’re the only theater that actually has (the new projectors),” Mr. St. Onge said. “They’ve been fixing up everything, so I’m surprised they’re closing.”
Read the full story in the Dunn Daily Record.
June 18, 2008
Update: Please note that this story was NOT submitted by Chakeres Theatres, Inc. (The post below is modified from an earlier submission.)
COLUMBUS, OH — Hollywood Studio Theatres might be no more. They closed Brice Mall Dollar Cinema 8. And now it looks like Dollar Cinema Westland 8 (a former General Cinema), the Westerville 8 (a former Silver Cinemas Discount House) which Hollywood uses as a first run cinema and the Delaware Square 5 (a former Regal Cinema and last operated prior to Hollywood Studio by an out of business chain called Classic Theatres, which was also based out of Columbus).
The official website lists times for last week June 6-12 but all phone numbers are disconnected. Westerville recording has times for June 6-12 but the office number is disconnected. Coshocton Twin in Coshocton, OH seems to still be open.
June 4, 2008
BRADENTON, FL — A mixup involving the possible tax=exemption from showing certain films may shutdown the Lakewood Ranch Cinemas.
Lakewood Ranch moviegoers may lose their only theater, and theater operators say it’s because of a property tax mix up.
The non-profit Sarasota Film Society just opened the Lakewood Ranch Cinemas in December, and the group believed it was eligible for a property tax exemption. But the Manatee County Property Appraiser says it doesn’t apply. Now the Film Society is passing out flyers, hoping you’ll come to the rescue.
Read more at My Suncoast.com.