Few patrons stood in line or attended movies on Friday night, the last night of operations at the Regal Great Northern Mall Stadium 10 & RPX. The theaters, which opened in 2013 at a cost of $10 million, closed as part of the parent company Cineworld’s nationwide bankruptcy.
The first movie shown was "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." One of the last was “Banshees of Inisherin.”
One of the few moviegoers at the 10-screen theater waiting for a movie expressed sadness at the closing. “I come here very often,” said Frank O’Grady, 66, of Olmsted Township. “I love going to the movies. It is always sad to see one of the theaters go.”
Added moviegoer Roger Rodes “The area is great. We will miss coming here.”
The cinemas were one of dozens across the country that closed or will be closing as parent company Cineworld deals with bankruptcy by rejecting and renegotiating leases in the hopes of saving some $22 million.
An employee who didn’t want to be identified said the North Olmsted Regal employees will move to either Regal Cobblestone Square in Elyria or Regal Crocker Park in Westlake.
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