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Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club in Scottsdale, Arizona has closed, according to a posting on their web site. The last day movies were played was Saturday, October 8, 2011.
The message on their web site mentions that their closing was unexpected and not their choice:
Farrelli's Has Closed
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the closing of Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club.
For 10 years, it has been a huge struggle to keep Farrelli's open between 9/11, the uncooperative movie industry and the recession. However, it was the bank that now owns the property after the landlord defaulted on their loan that forced us to shut down. They did not want to continue allowing us to pay the renegotiated rent we had been paying for two years. We had paid the previous landlord this amount and continued to pay the new bank this amount. The bank accepted and cashed our checks.
At the beginning of October, the bank sent us a letter from their law firm telling us to pay the full rent amount by the next day, plus all arrears accumulated from the reduced rent over the years within five days. Our lawyers advised that a lockout was imminent and just a few days later, they locked us out. We didn't see it coming, don't understand their motivation and had no options but to shut down.
We will be continuing our catering and event planning services through our other company, Corporate Bistro, LLC. If you have catering or corporate food service needs, please contact us at email@example.com
It was our dream to create this beautiful place and we did. We thank you for enjoying 10 years of dinner at the movies with us. We will miss seeing all of you at Farrelli's.
Fortunately, moviegoers in the area do have other options. There are seven movie theaters within five miles of Scottsdale, including at least two that serve meals with their movies (the IPic Theaters at Scottsdale Quarter, and Studio Movie Grill - Scottsdale, which is opening in November).
According to an article on AZCentral.com about the theater's closing, Farelli's Cinema Supper Club opened in Scottsdale in 2001.
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