Thrifty film buffs in Calgary will have to turn elsewhere it seems, as Metro has learned the city’s largest discount theatre will close its doors for good Thursday.
Moviedome, located at 999 36th Street N.E., has long provided cheaper rates — $3 in the afternoons and $5 in the evenings — for relatively new blockbusters as well as a sampling of Bollywood flicks.
But owner Reshma Dadani confirmed the nine-screen theatre will close Thursday and no one is waiting on deck to take over operations. Dadani requested, however, that details surrounding the closure be kept private.
“It’s a decision that was made,” she said.
Word of the closure has saddened area residents who say they cannot afford the standard $13 admission charged by major theatre chains operating in the city.
Noreen Branagh, program co-ordinator at the Rehabilitation Society of Calgary, said many of her special needs members include a trip to Moviedome in their weekly routines.
“It’s a shame, a real shame,” she said of the closure.
Jason Pickering, who usually takes in a movie each week at the venue, worries that as more and more independent theatres in Calgary close their doors, typical moviegoers will opt to stay home.
The independent Uptown Stage and Screen closed in August and operators of both the Globe Cinema and the Plaza Theatre have admitted struggles associated with the shift to digital film technology and rise in Internet movie piracy.
“At the major theatres, when you throw in snacks, it becomes a $30 night,” Pickering said. “The good, old family nights are getting taken over by corporations making tons of money.”
Remaining cheap theatres
- The lone remaining discount movie theatre in Calgary is Canyon Meadows Cinemas, located at 13226 Macleod Trail South. Catching a flick there will cost you $5.
- Cineplex Odeon’s Eau Claire Market Cinemas also offers a slightly reduced $11.25 rate for general admission.