Westgate Cinema closes

posted by LouisRugani on September 27, 2006 at 4:51 am

RACINE, WI — The first-run Marcus Westgate Cinema opened in the late 1960’s and was named to honor the recently-demolished Westgate Outdoor Theatre which itself had been truncated over the years for encroaching commercial construction (the Westgate shopping center) which eventually overwhelmed the Westgate Outdoor.

The Westgate Cinema’s demise had been expected to occur around Thanksgiving as the Marcus chain prepares its new multi-screen complex in the nearby village of Sturtevant. So the sudden closing on Sunday night after the final screening of “Hollywoodland” at 11:39 pm took the community by surprise.

The Westgate had been expanded from its original two screens to five and at that time management also added a lobby art gallery, a popular attraction.

In related stories, the nearby Regency Mall Cinemas announced a policy change away from First Run to budget-admission Second Run. The Racine Granada project, announced last year, is on hold pending assurances of adequate parking.

For more info on the Granada Project, visit The Racine Granada Newsgroup.

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