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The Parma Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio closed on September 9, 2012. According to an article published on cleveland.com from the Sun News:
Parma Theater, which has struggled financially in recent years, will probably close for good in September.
The news came earlier this week from Norman Barr, owner of the theater, which is at 5826 Ridge Road.
“We held out as long as we could,” Barr told the Sun Post.
Barr said the theater will probably close Monday, which is Labor Day. However, he said he may keep the theater open another week.
Barr said he is closing Parma Theater partly because he has been trying to sell it for more than five years.
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The theater's web site confirms the closure, with no additional information provided. We have added the photos that they provided on their web site to the Photo Gallery for the theater as a way to remember the theater when it was in operation.
Not everyone is ready to give up on the Parma Theatre, however. An article published today (same site, same publication) mentions that councilwoman Debbie Lime is holding an informational meeting on September 20th to discuss what might be done to save the theater:
Ward 2 Councilwoman Debbie Lime not only wants to preserve the building at 5826 Ridge Road. She would also like to re-open it as a movie house.
Lime said she has received several phone calls from constituents hoping to save the movie theater.
“I have one guy who said he would do whatever it takes to save the theater,“ Lime said.
The trick is figuring out how to do it.
Toward that end, Lime will host a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Polish Diner Banquet Hall, 5792 Ridge Road. The hall is near the northwest corner of Ridge and Snow roads.
Anyone interested in the future of Parma Theater is invited.
Moviegoers in the area do have a few choices, including the AMC Ridge Park Square Cinema 8 in Brooklyn and the Regal Middleburg Town Square Cinema 16 in Middleburg Heights, as well as seven others within 10 miles of the Parma's location.
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