December 5, 2013
HOUSTON, TX — The Viva Cinema opened seven months ago with the hope of serving the community with a mix of first-run Hollywood features with Spanish subtitles and Latin American films entirely in Spanish. They’ve now closed and argue that it’s the result of AMC blocking them from showing certain films. Their nearby Studio 30 also started offering subtitled films right before Viva’s opening.
How has a major chain affected your independent theatre? Read the full story in Culture Map.
November 22, 2013
ATMORE, AL — What was said to be the longest continually operating theatre in te state, the Strand, closed last weekend. The owner reported that he simply couldn’t compete with a new upscale theatre at a nearby casino. There is hope it will be revitalized for another purpose.
Read more in the Atmore Advance.
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September 14, 2013
BRONX, NY — After a historic reopening five years ago, the American Theater is closing tomorrow. The stunning original lobby of the John Eberson gem stayed mostly intact all these years. But Bow-Tie, most recent operator of the cinema was not able to renew their lease. It was one of the only operating theaters in the Bronx. There are no announced plans on the building’s future.
Read more and watch a video at News 12.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
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July 26, 2013
HOWELL, MI — After 85 years in business, the Howell Theater closed last week. It will reopen next summer as the second location of the Root Restaurant. The theater, Livingston County’s last, will have one final benefit screening of “Back to the Future” on August 13.
For further details, go to Livingston Daily.
July 19, 2013
NORMAN, OK — The local discount favorite Robinson Crossing 6 closed last week after over 20 years in business. No reason was given but one has to assume the low prices couldn’t cover the costs of a digital conversion. AMC operated it originally before it became a second-run house in 2002. The cinema was especially popular for families and students.
The Norman Transcript not only covered the closing but also looked at other shuttered Norman theaters through the years.