Nashua Mall 1-4

100 Coliseum Avenue,
Nashua, NH 03063

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A typical multi-screen movie complex. The Canad Cinema opened in 1965, and was closed in March 2003.

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Raydar
Raydar on September 24, 2005 at 8:11 pm

The Canaad was demolished a few years back. The site is occupied by a Wendy’s and Outback Steak House.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 17, 2007 at 5:56 am

This is a 3/22/2003 article about the closing of a 4 screen Hoyt’s Cinema near the Nashua Mall. Anyone know if the Hoyt’s Cinema is the theater listed here?

“Last Nashua, N.H., Movie Theater Closes Doors.

By Brad Leighton, The Telegraph, Nashua, N.H. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

Mar. 22—NASHUA, N.H.—There are no longer any movie theaters in Nashua.

The Hoyt’s Cinema near the Nashua Mall closed after the movies got out Thursday night. According to city records, the theater was built in 1965.

The indoor mall opened in May 1969.

The 4-screen theater was popular among teens and young adults throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

“It was a big thing,” said Peter Labombarde, who grew up in Nashua. “I remember my best friend and I bringing dates to see Love Story there. I was a junior or senior at Bishop Guertin, so it had to be 1971 or 72. Our dates brought these big boxes of tissues and cried through the entire movie. My friend and I just rolled our eyes.”

But, at least for the time being, there will be no such memories of Nashua cinema for today’s youth. The last movies to play at the theater were The Hunted, Bringing Down The House, Chicago, Daredevil, and Shanghai Knights.

The theater was closed to make way for renovations at the shopping plaza.

The latest plans called for replacing the theater with one or two restaurants.

John Wagner, the owner of Dana’s Shoes and leader of the Nashua Mall merchants association, said he expects the restaurant business to more than make up for the loss of the theater.

“We have Kohl’s and the Christmas Tree Shop now. The theater never really brought us too much business, just a person here and there. We think the restaurants will help more,” Wagner said.

While the termination of the theater’s lease was the final factor in the decision to close it, its days were numbered anyway, said Michael Sewall, a spokesman for Hoyt’s Cinemas.

“The shelf life of a theater with less than 10 screens and with sloped seating is not very long,” Sewall said. “The landlord had the ability to terminate our lease and we weren’t putting up a fight. We were willing to walk anyway.”

But Hoyt’s tried desperately to open a new cinema in Nashua, Sewall said. In the late 1990s the Boston-based theater chain had plans to build a megaplex theater off exit 8 next to the Marriott Hotel. The theater would’ve included modern stadium-style seating and an up-to-date sound system.

“Unfortunately, we just couldn’t make it happen. Negotiations just fell apart,” he said.

Sewall is still bullish on Nashua. “It is a wonderful market for a new cinema. There it is, smack dab between Manchester and Lowell. The nearest competition is in Tyngsboro, which has 12 screens, but still has sloped seating and lacks all the amenities and technical updates of a modern theater.” Moviegoers now have to go to Lowell to get those amenities, he added.

“Nashua has this major highway going north and south, excellent population growth, and a good base of technology employment. In five minutes you can pretty much be anywhere in Nashua. I’m still pretty passionate about it.”

City planners would also like to build a new movie theater in Nashua, but the type that have in mind is a far cry from a megaplex. The master plan for downtown Nashua calls for a small niche theater could play second-run movies, said Dan DeSantis, the city’s economic development director.

“It could play movies that are somewhere between the regular theaters and HBO.” Downtown lost its last Main Street theater, The Brandt, in 2001. The $2-a-movie theater closed to make way for renovations at the former Simoneau Plaza, then Globe Plaza, now re-named The Marketplace.

The big cinema companies aren’t interested in building small theaters anymore, DeSantis said. “They are building these 32 to 36 screen theaters.

If you want a four to six screen theater they don’t even want to talk to you.“ The city would have a difficult time finding space for a large megaplex theater, he added. "We’re 96 percent built out. There isn’t a lot of space out there for that kind of project.”

Hoyt’s acquired the Nashua theater in 1997 when it bought the assets of Canad Cinemas. Hoyt’s is now selling its theaters in Manchester, Bedford, Hooksett, Newington and Concord to Regal Cinemas as part of a 52-cinema sale. The deal is set to close March 27, Sewall said".

formermovieguy
formermovieguy on June 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm

This theater was opened with two screens by General Cinema Corp. It was later tripled, then made a 4-plex, by splitting each of the original houses into two. This theater and the Bedford Mall 4 were sold to Canad by GCC at the same time.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Uploaded the March 31st, 1972 grand opening ad here.

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