April 28, 2014
FOREST HILLS, NY — The neighborhood favorite Brandon Cinemas closed last weekend after almost four decades in business. The plan is to open a pediatric health facility in its place. While mostly know recently for playing art-house films, when it was a single-screen in the ‘70s it did big business with “Star Wars.”
Read more in DNAinfo.
(Thanks to Ross Melnick for providing the photo.)
April 25, 2014
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL — Running the 36 year-old Pot Belly’s Cinema has become too much for the current owners and they’ve decided to close. Have no fear though, the new owners plan to keep it as a theatre following some renovations. Some collectibles from the theatre will be sold off this Saturday.
Read more in the First Coast News.
April 23, 2014
April 21, 2014
SAN DIEGO, CA — Landmark has announced they’re not renewing their lease on the Ken Cinema which expires at the end of the month. Without digital projection, the future of the site is unclear. The art house favorite has been open since 1947.
Read more in U-T San Diego.
(Thanks to monika for providing the photo.)
April 18, 2014
ROME, NY — The plan was to keep the drive-in open but changing technology and lagging sales spelled the end for the West Rome Drive-In. The 60+ year-old cinema will not reopen this summer and there is no word on the future of the site.
Read more and watch a video on the story at WKTV.
(Thanks to Drive-In 54 for providing the photo.)
April 8, 2014
March 28, 2014
LAKEVIEW, OR — Open since 1940, the Alger Theatre has shut its doors due to lack of digital projection. There simply has not been the support for the theatre which still has its original seats. With few options, they’d gotten into the habit of showing a film for three or four weeks at a time.
Read more in the Herald News.
March 21, 2014
CLOVERDALE, CANADA — No exact date is set for it but it appears the Clova Cinema will stop showing movies this summer. A church is purchasing it and renovating it to the point where presenting films will not be practical. The theatre had been struggling to operate without digital projection.
Read more in the Cloverdale Reporter.
(Thanks to hermangotlieb for providing the photo.)
March 6, 2014
TERRE HAUTE, IN — The Meadows 1 & 2 has been delighting audiences since the early 1970’s but it was forced to close Sunday. They could not afford to provide digital projectors for their screens. Also, with films being released on DVD sooner than ever, their bargain cinema model just didn’t work anymore.
Read more in the WHITV.
February 28, 2014
PORT ANGELES, WA — The Lincoln Theatre has had its fair share of ups and downs in its 98 years but a digital conversion was just not something it could handle. This Sunday will be its final day of business but its employees will thankfully be relocated to other nearby theaters. The owners hope to find a party to purchase the venue and still maintain most of its features.
Read the full story in the Peninsula Daily News.