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After 28 years, a movie theater in Central Massachusetts will be closing its doors permanently.


Mar 26, 2024

Cinema World in Fitchburg, a movie theater in central Massachusetts, is closing its doors for good at the end of this month after being in business for almost three decades. The seven-screen theater announced on Facebook that its last day of operation will be Sunday, March 31 and thanked its patrons for making Cinema World their go-to movie theater over the past 28 years. They encouraged customers to stop by for one last movie and enjoy some delicious popcorn.

Owner Dave Fedeli explained to the Sentinel & Enterprise that the theater is not generating enough revenue to cover the rent, leading to the difficult decision to close. Despite the success of movies like “Barbenheimer” last summer, movie theaters have faced challenges since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many having to shut down for several months. Showcase Cinemas Worcester North and Regal’s Fenway theater in Boston are among those that have permanently closed, while efforts are being made to save the West Newton Cinema through fundraising.

In response to the closure announcement, many longtime patrons of Cinema World shared their memories on Facebook. Some expressed sadness at losing one of the last affordable movie theaters, where tickets for evening shows were priced at $8.50 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. One person recalled the days of long lines out the door and crowded screenings, reminiscing about sitting next to strangers and waiting in line for popcorn.

By editor

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