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Holts Summit, MO: Summit Plaza Theater Closed

Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 10:48 PM

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The Summit Plaza Theater in Holts Summit, Missouri closed August 19, 2012. A posting on the theater's web site explains that they could not make the transition to Digital Cinema Projection systems and make what they saw as necessary improvements to the building they were leasing:

Dear friends of the theater, we will be closing our doors August 19, 2012.  It has been great fun serving you the past several years.  We have done well with the theater, operating longer and with more success than previous operators in recent history.  We have no lack of customers, or shortage of business. It is simply timing.

The upcoming transition to digital projection would require both a significant financial investment, and a legal commitment to operate in this building for several years.  We have had ongoing issues with both the run-down facility and the management here, so staying put was not our first choice.  

For the past 18 months, we looked into building a new larger theater facility in Holts Summit, without success. We attempted to purchase the current property at Summit Plaza, in order to make a needed addition and deal with maintenance issues ourselves, but the property owner was not interested in selling. Finally, we attempted to negotiate a lease here that would include improvements needed to the property, but the owner isn't interested in investing in the property. Those were our options, and they are exhausted.

Operating this old theater has been an experience we will never forget, and we are so grateful for the support of the community, and the friends we have made here.  We hope you will continue to visit the theater until our very last day, and remember us as fondly as we will remember you.

Thanks for the memories!
Mike and Heidi Frese and Staff

Moviegoers in Holts Summit will need to drive a little to see movies on the big screen, with three theaters within 20 miles, including the B & B Fulton Cinema 8 in Fulton.

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