Norwin Cinemas to end 28-year run

posted by Michael Zoldessy on August 19, 2008 at 3:55 pm

NORTH HUNTINGDON, PA — Never changing from its 4-screen format, the Norwin Cinemas is finally succumbing to the competition and closing its doors.

Norwin Cinemas made its debut with advanced technology for its time, but because of slow business throughout the years, the theater was never upgraded to newer digital technology, Kight said.

After almost 30 years, the theater still uses its original 35 mm projection equipment, which in 1980 was a step toward better quality special effects with less granularity.

Even when it first opened, Kight said, the owners did not predict great success for the theater because it was competing with a larger, more popular one at Eastgate shopping center near Greensburg.

Read the full story at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Comments (10)

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on August 19, 2008 at 4:04 pm

This is the time of the year when you will see many theaters close.

JMAX on August 19, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Any body knows the contact info of this theater owners?


SusanD on August 19, 2008 at 9:38 pm

This sucks. In the past 12 months we have lost the Screenworks, the Hollywood, and now the Norwin.

KenLayton on August 20, 2008 at 1:20 am

Closing because it didn’t ‘upgrade’ to the big screen tv experience?

Closing because of crappy Hollywood movies is more like it.

MPol on August 20, 2008 at 2:32 am

Ya know……It’s gotten to the point where I feel a pang of sadness every time I read/hear about a movie theatre closing down, even though I don’t happen to live in that area.

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on August 20, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Digital is the future off the bsns..Clear crisp bright colors with the same picture from 1st day to 8 th week..Movies have not been crappy thats why people are going in record numbers….

MPol on August 20, 2008 at 5:10 pm

If digital cinema really is the future, longislandmovies, then it would be great to see this applied to many of the great older classic movies as well. I think it would be fabulous if those great old classics, including West Side Story, Dr. Zhivago, and Lawrence of Arabia, not to mention tons of others would be fantastic if they were cleaned up, remastered, restored to their former glory, and re-issued in 70mm large disc prints for digital projectors. If this new technology is presently being applied to newer films, then why not to the golden oldie-but-goody movie classics?

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on August 20, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Great idea…I think it will come

MPol on September 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Thanks, longislandmovies! Keeping my fingers crossed.

bsadler04 on September 13, 2008 at 1:25 am

I agree that digital is the future, but crappy operators are what is giving 35mm a bad name. A good projectionist with a good projection system can make a print last months. And the 35mm is certainly not why Norwin closed.

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