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The Vinegar Hill Theatre in Charlottesville, Virginia closed August 4, 2013. Their Facebook page had a "farewell" message that was posted on July 31st:
After 37 years of serving the Charlottesville community, Vinegar Hill Theatre will close on Monday, August 5th.
From Friday, Aug 2nd - Sunday, August 4th, we will show Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" (7:00 each day, with additional 2:00 and 4:30 showings on Saturday and Sunday), with an extra showing of Noam Baumbach's "Frances Ha" as the late show (9:20pm) each night. Sunday will be our final day of business. Throughout the weekend we will be selling Vinegar Hill t-shirts, mugs, and tote bags for $5 each, and many movie posters from throughout the past 10 years will also be sold at the price of three for $5.
We look forward to seeing many of our customers this weekend, to say farewell and thank them for their many years of faithful patronage.
We believe that Vinegar Hill has always brought something unique to Charlottesville, a distinct character and dedication to the community and to cinema, that cannot be replicated or replaced by a big-business chain. Though business has been tough for us this past year, we believe that we could have modified our business model to continue to serve the community successfully, but we are not operating in a vacuum, and sadly the external circumstances are such that we have no choice but to close.
We would again like to thank Vinegar Hill's customers for their many years of support, and invite you to join us again this weekend to mark the end of an era.
According to our records, the theater opened in 1976 and was last owned/operated by Visulite Cinemas LLC., which operates two theaters in Staunton, Virginia. It appears that they held a "Save the Theater!" campaign in November 2012 to solicit donations from the public for a conversion to a Digital Cinema Projection system. Hopefully, the people that donated money and did other things toward that effort got their money's-worth before it closed...
Downtown Movie Theater Closing -- Newsplex.com [Jul 31, 2013]
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