Clemson wants a theater

posted by CSWalczak on August 24, 2009 at 9:35 am

CLEMSON, SC — Ever since the Astro III closed in August, 2008, the college town of Clemson, SC has been without a cinema. The city hopes that the Astro can be re-activated or that another cinema can be built, with the city able to provide at least some backing.

“It’s left a huge gap in the community,” Clemson Mayor Larry Abernathy said. “We miss it.”

The Astro had been open on College Avenue in Clemson for more than 30 years before it closed in August last year, Abernathy said.

He said the city has a “passionate interest” in acquiring the property but said he has discussed the issue with the owners, whom he said don’t want to sell.

Read more at Greenville Online.

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Comments (3)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 24, 2009 at 2:06 pm

How do you have a college town without a movie theatre? Does the university show so many movies on campus that students don’t want to go elsewhere for them?

bob1007 on August 24, 2009 at 4:26 pm

I read the article at the above link. Seems like a case of Carmike not wanting to put any money into the building in its final few years. They allowed the auditoriums to go into a state of semi-disrepair i.e. broken seats not being fixed, sticky floors; yet the patrons put up with it. Now, according to the article, after being closed for a year, the building is in an even more state of disrepair and it may not make sound fiscal sense to fix it up. But the city wants it open in the worst way so who knows.

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on August 24, 2009 at 8:05 pm


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