Closings

  • September 8, 2011

    Howell Theater will re-open under new management

    HOWELL, MI — No need to sound the alarm. Despite the drastic closing, the Howell Theater will reopen in October under new management. The Chandler Family loyally ran the theatre for years but just couldn’t keep it going anymore.

    Read more in Livingston Daily.

  • August 18, 2011

    Closing of Miracle 5 saddens community

    TALLAHASSEE, FL — Another underperforming Regal theater closed this past weekend as the Miracle 5 shut its doors after 40+ years in the business. They will try to distribute the art-house fare prevalent at the Miracle 5 to other theaters in the area.

    Read more at WCTV.

  • July 28, 2011
  • July 20, 2011
  • July 14, 2011

    Princeton Theater closes

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    PRINCETON, IN — After many years and many operators, the Princeton Theater has closed down. AMC was the latest to run it but they never seemed truly invested in it. The theatre had been operating since 1948.

    Read more in the Princeton Daily Clarion.

    (Thanks to broan for the photo.)

  • July 7, 2011

    Sad day for San Francisco film fans

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The San Francisco Bay Guardian tells how on its 31st birthday the Red Vic Movie House will close its doors. Thankfully, they’ll send their patrons off with one of their fan favorites, “Harold and Maude”.

    Thanks to copeleas for providing the photo.

  • May 27, 2011

    UltraStar closes three southern California operations

    VISTA, CA — UltraStar Cinemas is closing three of its theaters in southern California. The Flower Hill 4 in Del Mar will be shut down in July. The Del Mar Highland 8, which closed in January supposedly for renovation, will not be reopening after all. The Carlsbad 6 in La Costa was closed earlier this month. UltraStar says that the leases on these theaters, which it acquired from The Edwards chain, were underperforming and that the leases on them were expiring.

    Others in the industry claim high ticket prices have led to the theaters' demise. At $13 a ticket for a 3-D movie, many believe that a movie night out has been made unaffordable for most families.

    The full story appeared in the San Diego Reader.

  • May 12, 2011

    Towson Commons 8 closing on May 15

    TOWSON, MD — Once one of the most prestigious theaters in the greater Baltimore area, the AMC Towson Commons 8 will close on May 15. Opened in 1992 by General Cinema, the theater’s fortunes have declined along with the retail area of which it is a part.

    For years the three-story shopping center at York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue has been vacant but for the movie theater, which has struggled since theaters with stadium seating opened at Hunt Valley and White Marsh. The center once housed a Borders Books & Music, a craft gallery and several restaurants.

    Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, said she hoped the decision by the owner, a subsidiary of New York-based Capmark Finance Inc., would be good news for the future. While new restaurants and apartments have been opening all around Towson Commons, Hafford said, the large empty space has drained some of the life out of the center of town.

    The announcement of the closing appeared in the Baltimore Sun.

  • May 11, 2011

    Independent theaters close in Detroit and Seattle

    DETROIT, MI — Unable to come to terms with their landlord over the rent, the operators of the independent Burton Theatre which opened in 2009 abruptly closed the cinema down on May 2. The small art and independent theater had operated in the auditorium of a former Detroit school building. The owners hope to reopen a facility elsewhere There are stories here and here.

    SEATTLE, WA — The owner of the Columbia City Cinema has abandoned any further efforts to keep the triplex open and closed it as of May 5. Over the last year or so, a number of ventures to raise additional funds were advanced to keep the cinema open. The City of Seattle had demanded that a sprinkler system be installed and other improvements made to bring the theater, located in a former Masonic Hall, into compliance with building code requirements. There is more in the Seattle Times.

  • April 29, 2011

    AMC opens new Randhurst Cinema 12; older theater to close

    MT. PROSPECT, IL — The AMC Randhurst 12 opens on April 29 as part of the newly remodeled Randhurst Shopping Center, newly dubbed as Randhurst Village, which reflects its transformation from an enclosed indoor mall to an outdoor retail center. At the same time, the nearby AMC Randhurst 16 closed, after only operating for about thirteen years.

    The new movie theater has 48,000 square feet, 12 auditoriums and 1,800 seats. The auditoriums range in size from seating capacities of 85 to 223. The smaller auditoriums will be conductive to art-house niche films, while the larger ones will be used for mainstream blockbusters, theater officials said.

    The $200 million Randhurst renovation is being overseen by developer Castro Lifestyle Properties. The next site to open at the mixed-use development is scheduled to be a Hampton Suites Hotel, slated for an August debut.

    There is more news about the new megaplex here.