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Bantam, CT: Bantam Cinema Closed

Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 and updated on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 3:28 PM

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The Bantam Cinema in Bantam, Connecticut has closed.

The following message was posted on the theater's web site:

Dear Loyal Patrons,

We hope this finds you and your family well during this challenging period.

COVID-19 has caused extraordinary health and economic disruption, both globally and locally, in our community. Sadly, it has made it impossible for us to continue to operate as an independent art cinema. It has been a privilege for us to carry the torch and continue the tradition of the finest film, theater, ballet, and art programming for the past 13 years. Although we have received several interesting proposals for its future this past year, nothing has materialized to ensure the survival of the theater.

We want to express our sincerest thanks to Doug Richardson, the Bantam Cinema’s manager since 1984. Doug is one of a kind in his knowledge, devotion, and dedication to film and especially to the Bantam Cinema and the local community. Our wonderful employees have helped Doug make the theater what it is today.

We are eternally grateful to our loyal patrons, whose support, suggestions, and kind words have meant so much to us over the years. We extend the sincerest gratitude to our local advertisers who were instrumental in keeping the Cinema alive.

We sincerely regret that we are unable to reopen the theater, which has meant so much to all of us. To all of you, we wish you the best of health and success. Stay well. Stay safe.

Kindest regards,
David Koch, Sidney Koch, Sheila Nevins, and Ken Merz
Owners 2007 - 2020

Update: The theater is listed for sale.

Moviegoers in the area will need to visit one of the other nearby theaters, including the Apple Cinemas - Torrington and the Country Cinema in Watertown.

Photo above by LoopNet.

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