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The Garden Theater was a small town single screen gem when it was first built in the 1920’s. Murals depicting the hills and gardens of the area were painted on its walls. 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 Theater from the city of Greenfield in February 2001.
The city had previously taken over the now six-plexed theater due to unpaid taxes. The town, which repaired and operated the theater while Goldstein was preparing to pay off the tax burden, was reluctant to return the theater to Goldstein because of his poor treatment of several theaters in the area.
Of all of the Western Massachusetts theaters, only the Garden 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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