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The Garden Theatre was a small town single screen gem when it was first built in 1929. Murals depicting the hills and gardens of the area were painted on its walls which also featured ‘buildings’ and ‘star’s twinkled in its ceiling. Later, under the ownership of Western Massachusetts Theaters, the movie house was carved into six underwhelming screens in 1986.
Despite its closing in 2000, Richard Goldstein of Western Massachusetts Theaters re-purchased the Garden Theatre from the city of Greenfield in February 2001.
The city had previously taken over the now six-plexed theatre due to unpaid taxes. The town, which repaired and operated the theatre while Goldstein was preparing to pay off the tax burden, was reluctant to return the theatre to Goldstein because of his poor treatment of several theatres in the area.
Of all of the Western Massachusetts theatres, only the Garden Cinemas has remained in operation as a movie house. The Rivoli, Amherst, Calvin, Showplace, and others have either been converted, demolished, or sold.
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