It will be the last picture show in Twin Falls next week. In fact, there will be three.
This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that an historic movie palace in downtown Twin Falls—The Orpheum Theatre—will go dark May 26. Three days later, the Twin Cinema 12 and the Motor Vu Drive-In also will shutter.
Larry Roper, managing director of Interstate Amusements, which owns the three theaters, told the Times-News that, due to health reasons, he's retiring and closing down the businesses.
Owners said their drive-in operations were "behind in digital upgrades" and their traditional theaters had faced stiff opposition from a new Cineplex owned by a California-based company.
"We just don't think Twin Falls is big enough for 25 screens," Interstate Amusements Vice President Byron Kluss told the Times-News, adding that owners had already received an offer on the Twin Cinema 12 property. "That sale hasn't been finalized yet."
Kluss told the Times-News that the closures were "a bittersweet decision ... but time runs its course."