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The Theatres at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota is closing December 28, 2016, according to a recent article published in the Star Tribune:
Its 14 screens will fade to black at the end of the business day Wednesday to make way for a new "first-to-market entertainment venue" that will open in late 2017, mall spokesman Dan Jasper said on Thursday. He did not share any other details about the new concept other than to say more information about it would be coming in January.
The news that the nation's biggest mall will no longer have a place to see the latest films came as a surprise to many.
After all, movies and shopping malls have gone hand in hand for decades.
At the same time, movie attendance has been on the decline as people have gravitated toward watching movies at home through streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. That trend doesn't show any sign of slowing down and the mall probably saw the writing on the wall while also wanting to differentiate its offerings from other suburban malls, [Dave Brennan, a retailing professor at the University of St. Thomas] said.
"It's kind of sad — we used to go to it," he said of the mall's movie theaters. "But guess what, we haven't been there for five or six years."
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The theater opened in 1992 as the AMC Mall of America 14. It became the Theatres at Mall of America when the mall took over in 2008.
Moviegoers that were going to the Mall of America to see movies on the big screen will need to visit one of the other nearby theaters instead, including the AMC Southdale 16 in Edina and Regal Eagan Stadium 16 in Eagan.
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