Remove ads with our VIP Service
Share This Page
- AMC Starplex Columbus 10
- Regal Georgesville Square 16
- London State Theatre
- Sacramento, CA: Century Arden 14 and XD Opens on Site of Former Century Stadium 14 [12/1]
- West Dundee, IL: Cinemark Spring Hill Mall and XD to Open December 15, 2016 [11/30]
- Chandler, AZ: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Chandler Opens December 2, 2016 [11/30]
- Oak Creek, WI: Marcus Value Cinema - Oak Creek Being Sold to Church [11/30]
- Warren, MI: Cinemark Warren 16 Closed and Will Become an MJR Theatres Location in 2017 [11/28]
- Daytona Beach, FL: Cobb Daytona Luxury 12 Coming in December [11/28]
- Streator, IL: Streator Eagle 6 to Open December 2, 2016 [11/28]
- Marcus Theatres to Acquire All Wehrenberg Theatres Locations [11/21]
- Grand Junction, CO: Movie Theater Opens in Former Carmike 7 Location [11/18]
- Flagstaff, AZ: Harkins Flagstaff 16 Opens, Harkins Flagstaff 11 Closes [11/18]
The London State Theatre in London, Ohio has closed. The last time we received showtimes for the theater was on January 18, 2013, but a posting on their Facebook page on February 7th makes it seem as though the theater was open a little longer:
For 76 years, the London State Theatre has provided London with quality entertainment. Beginning with Earth Worm Tractors and most recently with Django Unchained, the State has given London a reason to stay in town and enjoy themselves, keeping business local. However, even a recent remodel to bring back a lot of the glory of the old State Theatre, was not enough to keep it from falling behind the times.
It is with a sad heart that we at the London State Theatre announce the eventual closing of the Theatre. The dismal state of our economy has made required digital upgrades, necessary for the projection of newer movies, all but impossible. The digital conversion, is in fact, killing small theaters across the country. If you're wondering what the "digital conversion" is, it's the decision of the film industry to stop distributing 35mm movies due to lack of availability. The cinema means everything to us here, and to not be able to provide London with the latest releases, pains us. A lot of these releases could even be seen on opening night, which is something that a lot of smaller theaters have problems providing.
This decision has been weighing on us since the announcement of the mandatory conversion. The hope was that something could be done, or a way around it could be found. It was as sad inevitability though, and there's no way we could make the conversion. We wish there was a different outcome to this. Serving the community has been an absolute joy to us. We felt good about giving the youth a safe place to meet. To give parents a place they were happy to take their children to. To be able to provide adults a cinema experience on par with a lot of big city theaters. All of this just makes the decision harder on us, however, as we carry on to close the doors.
This isn't to say, we won't have any services to provide. While it pains us that we can't bring you newer movies anymore, we will still have the capability of projecting pre digital movies. Which means that we can still provide a space for private parties. We will also, from time to time, open up for a couple weeks at a time, for a special showing of our choice. Like we said, we love the cinema, and if we wanted to watch a print of Evil Dead, or Wizard of Oz, or anything in between, we are going to want to share that with our city. We'll open up the doors just like nothing happened, and welcome you all in to watch the movies with us.
The last showtimes we could find anywhere for the theater were for January 20, 2013, so we're going to go with that as the actual closing date. According to their Facebook page, they showed first-run movies as well as cult movies and classics.
The photos that they had on their web site of the renovations that were done look impressive, so it's unfortunate that a theater with some character couldn't keep going. Moviegoers in the area do have other choices, but none probably had the character of the one that just closed. There are a total of seven theaters within 20 miles of London, including the Starplex Cinemas - Westpointe Movies and Regal Georgesville Square 16 in Columbus.
Add Your Comments
Please Note: These comments are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.
The London State Theater reopened under new ownership in July 2015 after a crowd-funding campaign helped raise the necessary funds to acquire a digital projection system for the theater. The new owners have only improved what was already a beautifully restored theater with an expanded menu that includes wine and beer, an upgraded sound system and larger screen. It is a gem of a theater and London is lucky to have the State!
Add Your Comments
|Commenting on Journal Articles is available only to our readers who have customized this site, which makes it easier for you to complete the form and for us to contact you with any questions or concerns about your comments.|
Please login or register a new account before continuing.
Log in to retrieve your saved settings.
Forget Your Passcode?Send My Passcode To Me
Not Registered? Create a New Account!
Our registered members enjoy more features, including:
- Save Your Location -- the site remembers your location, no having to re-enter it each time you visit
- Favorite Theaters List -- keep a handy list of the theaters you attend
- Favorite Movies List - movies you want to see, all in one place
- Write Movie Reviews -- share your opinions of the movies you see
- Block Ads with VIP Service -- view this site ad free (subscription req'd)
Basic accounts are free -- sign up today!
Concerned About Privacy?
Journal/Blog - The Marquee - Movie Links - News and Events - Now Showing - Reader Reviews
Customize - VIP Service
|The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a service of SVJ Designs LLC. All graphics, layout, and structure of this service (unless otherwise specified) are Copyright © 1995-2016, SVJ Designs. The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a trademark of SVJ Designs. All rights reserved.|
'ACADEMY AWARDS®' and 'OSCAR®' are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.