BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Movies 8 theater in the Shops at Boardman Park will show its final movie at the end of the month.
The discount theater, owned by Cinemark, will close at the end of March. Cinemark also owns Tinsletown in Boardman, which shows first-run films.
Property manager Celeste Lisko said proceeds at the theater were very good, but digital advances in film are making it more difficult to show movies at the theater. Lisko said Movies 8 has two or three digital screens and almost all new movies are run with a digital projector, and upgrades to the theater would be cost prohibitive.
“We are negotiating with more than one prospective tenant for that space. That is prime property, and I am sure it will not be empty long,” said Lisko.
Movies 8 was the only discount movie theater in Boardman. Other discount theaters in the immediate area include Encore Cinema in the Great East Plaza in Niles and Hermitage Cinema 8 in Hermitage, Pa.
Robert Garavich and Gail Horvath of Youngstown have a lot of great memories of the Movies 8 theater. They have been loyal customers of the discount theater for the past six years.
“It’s kind of a shame because it’s cheap here and it’s nice. Now you go to a movie at one of the other theaters, it’s probably $12, $15 to get in,” Garavich said.
“I always loved coming up here because it’s nice,” she said.
Many of the customers come several times a week to catch a movie because the price can’t be beat.
“This is only $1, $1.50. That’s going to be bad for people because you either have to wait until it comes out on video or go the library and get your movies now,” Garavich said.
But there could be a happy ending. Managers said they’re currently in talks with several prospective tenants to take over the location.
“It will be said if it closes. I’m hoping that they do find somebody to buy it,” said Deana Gebacz of Canfield.