Dobie Theatre in Austin closes

posted by CSWalczak on August 19, 2010 at 7:46 am

AUSTIN, TX — Its current lease having expired, Landmark Theatres is closing the Dobie Theatre as of August 22. The theater, near the University of Texas campus, has been managed by Landmark since 1999. The theater’s landlord has been looking for a new operator for several months.

The move had been expected, but the date was unclear. In March, Landmark said it was not renewing the lease on the theaters where Richard Linklater’s “Slacker” premiered in 1990. But the center’s landlord, the Carlton Group, said at the time that it was talking to potential operators to take over the four-screen arthouse and return it to its tradition as an independent film space with a strong local flavor.

There was no immediate word on whether the Carlton Group, an international real estate investment bank, had secured another theater operator. As recently as last month, the owner was advertising for a theater manager.

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