Thursday, May 22, 2014

Times-News: Three Movie Theaters Going Dark Next Week

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM

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."

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