September 11, 2006
AURORA, MN — The Tacora Theatre is closing due to rising costs of maintaining the theater as well as the economic conditions of its patrons.
Tonight at 7, the lights will dim at the Tacora Theatre for the showing of the movie “World Trade Center.”
The film will play on a large silver screen that’s been displaying motion pictures since 1955 — one of the few remaining old-time screens in the region.
Movie-goers will have the chance, as they have for a number of years, to order a custom-made pizza as a concession, delivered to them at a table in the theater’s auditorium — or to get free refills of large sodas and popcorn, just as they have in the past.
For more, read the full story in Mesbi Daily News.
September 1, 2006
PACIFIC GROVE, CA — Struggling since the opening of a nearby multiplex from Century, this institution will soon be shutting its doors.
An inability to draw first-run Hollywood movies and low attendance numbers is forcing Lighthouse Cinemas in Pacific Grove to shut its doors.
A theater representative said the last movies will be shown at the four-screen theater Sept. 7.
“We wanted to do everything possible to keep the theater up and running, but for all its quaintness and charm we simply couldn’t get the kind of movies needed to keep it operating,” said David Corwin, president of Metropolitan Theatres Corps., which has operated the Lighthouse for the past two years.
To read more about this story, visit the Monterey Herald.
(Thanks to City Itinerary for allowing us to use their photo.)
August 29, 2006
YORK BEACH, ME — A long-standing summer tradition will be gone in a few weeks when the York Beach Cinema closes its doors.
For 78 years, no summer was complete for locals, seasonal residents and visitors alike without taking in a movie at the York Beach Cinema. Like tasting that first Goldenrod kiss of the season, it was tradition.
But in a few short weeks, as August gives way to September, this beach stalwart will be closing its doors for good.
For more, read the full story in Seacoast Online.
August 24, 2006
EDWARDSVILLE, PA — The 42 year old Gateway Cinema has closed.
The theater opened December 1964 as a single screen but has been multi-plexed during its lifetime. The original theater was divided into 4, while two newer screens were added during the late 1980’s.
The cinema is a casualty of the new R/C 14 screen theater that recently opened across the river in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The future of the Gateway building is uncertain for now.
The full story can be read atin the Times Leader.
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL — This beach adjacent theater is ending its 20 plus year run due to nearby competition.
The Pablo 9 Theaters catered to generations at the beach. It was a “little theater that could.” Now, in a world of movie megaplexes, it finally goes dark.
For more, read the full story in First Coast News.
August 18, 2006
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY — The Regal Jefferson Valley Mall Theatre is scheduled to close this weekend.
Here’s another titan of an earlier generation shutting its doors. This was the place to go to see movies in Northern Westchester in the 1980’s(at least for those far enough north that Hawthorne was out of the way) before it became obsolete with the opening of the nearby theater in Mohegan Lake.
“It was identified as an underperforming theater, and its lease had expired,” said Richard Grover, marketing manager with Regal Entertainment Group, which owns the theater.
All employees will be offered jobs at another Regal-owned theater at the Cortlandt Town Center, Grover said. He declined to comment on whether the success of that more modern, 11-screen theater, which opened in 1998, with its stadium seating contributed to the demise of its Jefferson Valley rival.
For more, read the full story in the Journal News.
August 15, 2006
BAKER CITY, OR — Another sad loss to the Northwest moviegoing landscape as the Eltrym Historic Theater closes:
Instead of signs promoting the latest blockbusters, “Do Not Enter” signs adorn the front of the Eltrym Historic Theater in Baker City.
It is the only movie theater in Baker County. But city officials forced the theater to close on Friday over safety concerns for moviegoers.
For more, read the full story on OregonLive.com.
August 8, 2006
WOOLTON VILLAGE, ENGLAND — Due to the death of its owner David Wood, The Woolton Picture House will close on September 3rd, 2006.
The picture house opened on Boxing Day 1927, originally with 700+ seats. Now they have 256 seats but it’s still a single screen. It was Merseyside’s last remaining independent cinema.
July 10, 2006
Montreal’s last English-language repertory cinema, Cinema du Parc, will close Aug. 3 because attendance has declined significantly in the past year, its owner says.
A spokesperson for the Daniel Langlois Group, which owns the theatre, said Wednesday that it had faced stiffer competition recently because other theatres started screening similar films.
The spokesperson said the company hopes to sell it to a group that would be interested in reopening the facility.
“It’s really bad for films, in the sense, apart from mainstream films, we’re losing out,” said Peter Rist, a professor of film at Concordia University in Montreal.
June 28, 2006
An exasperated City Hall has shut down the Three Penny Cinema on the North Side because of unpaid amusement taxes.
The Three Penny, which has been a movie house since the late 1930s, is one of the few independent cinemas left in the city. Owner Jim Burrows said he’ll have to sell the business unless the city relents and accepts a settlement offer on the overdue taxes.
“But they don’t care. They’ve told me that. They said that if they make an exception for me, then nobody will want to pay this tax,” Burrows said. He estimated owing the city $60,000 for the last five years, or $100,000 counting interest and penalties.