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Boston, MA: Two Boston-Area Theaters Closed

Posted on Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 1:36 PM and updated on Thursday, September 25th, 2008 11:55 AM

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National Amusements Inc. has closed two theaters in the Boston, Massachussetts area earlier this month. The Showcase Cinemas Lawrence 1-6 in Lawrence closed on September 1st, and the Circle Cinemas in Brookline closed on the 7th.

The Boston Globe has an article about the closure:

"We watch all of our theaters closely," Wanda Whitson, the company's spokeswoman, told the Globe yesterday, "and make every effort to keep them as viable operating businesses. Once they are no longer viable, we make the decision to close them."

The closings come at a time when many Massachusetts movie theaters are hurting as a result of competition from DVDs and the rise of home movie theater systems. According to the National Association of Theatre Owners, there were 112 movie theaters in Massachusetts last year, down from 117 locations in 2005.

You can read the full article by clicking the Read link below.

Although the Lawrence 1-6 location has closed, the nearby Showcase Cinemas Lawrence 7-14 remains open.

9/25/2008 Update: The Boston Globe has posted a story recounting the final night of the Circle Cinema, including some stories from staff about the theater's heyday and stories from customers with their own memories of going to the theater. They also published a letter to the editor from one of the Circle Cinema's managers, which provides some additional history of the Circle Cinema.

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