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Zion-native rock band Local H recently eulogized the loss of the Dunes with a song called “The Last Picture Show in Zion”.
Renovations are complete and the theatre re-opened today. A small ceremony was held last night to light the new marquee for the first time: http://ow.ly/JK3fE
Demolished in October of 2014.
One of the Dunes' last films shown may have been the 1974 sci-fi flick: “Dark Star”. Until this year, a tangled mess of film containing the final few seconds or so (“THE END OF DARK STAR”) could be found scatted about the projection room.
After the Dunes closed, the baseball card shop operating in one of the attached storefronts remained open for another year or so before relocating. This summer the entire building was condemned and boarded up by the city of Zion… I’m afraid its future is looking rather grim.
Yes, still standing but not operating. Last year I did some photography in the mall after making friends with a security guard; so hopefully I’ll get into the Cinema sometime.
In the meantime, here’s a shot of the nearly-unmolested 1960s concession area…