Cinema 4 in Newport shuttered

posted by CSWalczak on January 13, 2011 at 7:40 am

NEWPORT, TN — The Newport Cinema 4 was closed as of January 7. The only operating cinema in Cocke County, the theater opened in in the mid-1990’s and was once operated by the O'Neil theater chain. The owners are hoping that a new operator can be found.

In Hooper’s opinion, the cinema closed after facing several different obstacles. He said the theater’s overhead kept getting more expensive. The economy impacted ticket sales. He also believes more stockholders were needed in the beginning. But overall, Judge Hooper feels the theater reached its goal of entertaining the community.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm

What a loss.Newport is a nice size town to not have a theatre having lost three Drive-ins.I guees folks don’t mind the drive to Morristown or Knoxville.I find it hard to believe the overhead was getting more expensive.It could go second run.I have seen the Ticket admissions to theatres in that size of town in that region and they were like 1975 prices at several first run theatres in that region dealing with small towns,Not Knoxville.What a kick in the head!

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