NORTH ADAMS — The North Adams Movieplex 8 announced it is closing at the end of the month.
“It is with great sadness that we have to announce that the North Adams Movieplex 8 will be closing its doors indefinitely on January 31st, 2023,” the business wrote on its Facebook page on Wednesday.
The business, located in the Steeple City Plaza, did not say why it was closing.
First Hartford Realty Corporation owns the plaza property and the movie theater business, according to John Toic, president of the company. When asked if a new tenant was in the works, he did not specify.
“We have not announced any future plans for use of the space,” he said in an email. He declined to answer questions about why the business is closing.
“It’s sad,” Mayor Jennifer Macksey said of the news. “I love the movies.” She said she could offer more comments after an upcoming meeting with the plaza owners.
“It’s sad to lose another amenity,” said Glenn Maloney, who was until recently the longtime president of the city’s Chamber of Commerce. He wondered if there would be more updates about the property. “Is there more to come?” he asked.
The theater opened at the downtown plaza location in 2007. It was originally owned by Cinema North, a Rutland, Vt. company that closed its theaters in 2009, and for a few years after that, George Gohl operated the theater until 2011 when First Hartford took over management, according to an article in the North Adams Transcript.
Many customers expressed their sadness about the closure on social media.
Every Tuesday, Dale Waterman goes to the movie theater with a group of friends. “I know streaming services are really hurting movie theaters but I prefer seeing movies on the big screen,” Waterman wrote in a message to The Eagle. “It’s been disheartening to see so few people in the theater. Unfortunately people in North Adams bemoan business closings after the fact even though they don’t support them when they were open!”
Autumn Wilson, a customer, was also sad about the news, but praised the business and its employees for staying open over the past few years. “I was beyond impressed at their resilience through the pandemic, creating the curbside pick up of theater treats to go,” she wrote in a message to The Eagle. Before the pandemic, she remembers seeing the comedy “Bad Moms” there.
“The level of laughter was so contagious,” she said. “Made for the perfect movie night.” If there’s something she wants to see, she plans to go before it closes Tuesday, “otherwise I’ll go for a good size popcorn and Slushee to go.”