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Northampton, MA: Pleasant Street Theatre to Close

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2007 and updated on Friday, May 25th, 2012 12:09 PM

The Pleasant Street Theatre in Northampton, Massachusetts will close within the next two months, according to an article written by The Republican Newsroom and published on masslive.com:

Robert Lawton, who owns the business with his wife Julie, said he is in the process of selling the building at 27 Pleasant Street that houses two small theaters. Lawton declined to say who is buying the building but said the new owner does not intend to get into the movie business.

"He would be happy to have a movie theater there, but he doesn't want to run it himself," Lawton said.


Lawton said at the time that he would like to find a non-profit organization willing to run the theater, but that never panned out.

"A couple of people made offers," he said yesterday. "It didn't work out for one reason or another. No one wants to run a movie theater."

Lawton bought theater on 2003 from Richard Pini, who started the business with John Morrison 31 years ago. Pini now lives in France and Morrison lives in California. In an e-mail to The Republican, Lawton credited his predecessors.

"They started something that was an inspiration to many others around New England to start their own theaters," he wrote. "Not many have been going for 31 years, but we wish lots of good luck to all those struggling to keep their theaters open."

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