Have Any Independent Cinemas Closed Down? Why?

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
June 30, 2010 9:24am CST
Since moving to Carlisle in 2005 there has been a long-running saga concerning our independent cinema called the Lonsdale. It has been closed down for quite some time but I have had the privilege of visiting the place to see a film...no idea which film it was but I've definitely been in there. Since then the developer who bought it was going to turn it into flats, then there was an application for the building to have listed status..that has subsequently failed and no-one really knows what the fate of this place will be. In the meantime the doors remain firmly shut. Such a shame. However, in Blackpool two very large cinema complexes called The Odeon and ABC Cinemas respectively were both turned into nightclubs so now people have to travel further afield to even bigger complexes that have no soul. This is something I cannot understand. I used to love travelling by bus to the nearer cinemas as both were within walking distance of one another. It was an experience watching films in them and I am so pleased that I have seen many decent films in BOTH buildings in my time. In Carlisle there is a Vue complex..that's it! So are there any really cool cinemas you used to go to that have now closed down and no-one really knows why?
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
30 Jun 10
We had a place called the Cinema that closed. It was a night club for a while, a church for a while, don't really know what it is now... Then there was one called the Fox, that is now a car dealership, and the Americana is now a branch of the city library system. However, those weren't the cool old theaters, that would be the State and, more importantly, the Paramount... http://www.austintheatre.org/site/PageNavigator/venues/paramount/history
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
30 Jun 10
Thanks for the Paramount link, it's very interesting. It's bad enough me knowing about cinemas that have closed down but if I spoke to my Mum she would tell me about a whole load more.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
1 Jul 10
http://www.austinlibrary.com/branches/index.cfm?action=yarborough
• Philippines
1 Jul 10
in our city there were a lot of cinemas that have closed. i can still remember that there was this cinema in downtown that we used to go to back when i was still in primary school where we watch my favorite pocahontas and lion king, when i went to secondary school this cinema has closed and the reason is that there were less people who watch movie from there because people aound the town went to the mall where there is a new cinema that has opened. the cinema house in downtown has closed due to lack of income. its a tragic story for the owner.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
1 Jul 10
That's such a sad story. What a shame for all concerned. I've never seen Lion King but I will...on day! I've heard Elton John sing "Circle of Life" live here in Carlisle but that's the nearest I've got I'm afraid!
@karen1969 (1788)
30 Jun 10
We still have one independent cinema locally but most of them are the big ones like Vue that have many screens, huge concessions stands, etc. It is quite sad really as I do like the atmosphere of the smaller, older cinemas and it feels different to when you go to a multi-screen huge complex.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
30 Jun 10
Sure a lot of the smaller independent ones have been bought by the larger chains which really stinks. I used to manage a very large movie theater and the reason some of the smaller ones have problems is because the more powerful movie chains get first dips on the best movies. Leaving the smaller theaters to get the new movies a little later then they do so this can hurt them a bit. But a independent movie theater can survive if it keeps its prices low and has a nice profitable concession stand. Theaters only make a small percentage off of movie tickets themselves, most of their profits come from the concession stands where mark ups are quite high. You would not believe how little that $5.00 box of popcorn actually costs the theater.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
30 Jun 10
It's such a shame. Reminds me of all these shopping centres (or malls) looking the same everywhere we go...the same stores with the same prices. That is what these Multiplexes are like now..as I said "no soul" which is unfortunate, to say the least.
30 Jun 10
Well in the town I live which isn't that huge, use to have two cinemas one which closed before I was born and one shortly after. Now twice a month the towns film club, yes we have a film club, run a movie night at the towns theatre but they are never new releases. Which means if I want to go to watch a movie I have to go to either the big multiplex in one neighbouring town or an independent cinema in another, which I prefer because it truly is an old cinema in a nostalgic art deco building. It use to have the biggest screen in the country but some years back they did a refurb turning it into a 3 screen cinema with one big screen and two smaller ones. It still has all they old fashioned style and nostalgia but is struggling to stay in business because it just can't compete with the big multiplexes. The annoying thing is that the town where I live has a large population of young people between the age of 12 through to 30 and as such a cinema would do a roaring trade but no one wants to put one in. I doubt in 10 years or so there will be any independant cinemas left or at least those who are trying to compete by showing mainstream movies. They really can't compete when a multiplex can show 13 different movies to there one or two. And with the industry heading towards new releases being available to download withing weeks of cinema release dates the writing is on the cards. Which is a shame as the experience of going to an old fashioned, nostalgic cinema is unbeatable. I still remember the days where you had intermissions with the lady coming round with her tray of ice creams and would love to see those days return.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
30 Jun 10
Yes, I remember the intermissions too! As kids we always looked forward to the lady coming round and we were so WELL BEHAVED too..genuinely wanted to see the film as opposed to making as much noise as possible spoiling it for everyone else. I went to see Grease 3 times..one of which "broke down" for a bit. Nowadays, there'd be a riot but we all just went "aaaaaar" and that was it! At least I have great memories of those ace cinemas; it's such a shame the youngsters today can't experience them because the sound - especially, is something else isn't it?
• Mexico
1 Jul 10
Hello, I went to a theater that I love for the good care from the employees and also gathered coupons to earn a free ticket, till one day, bang, burned, and I, snif snif