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Published on May 20, 2024
West Boylston Cinema in Massachusetts to Shut Down After Over 20 YearsSource: Google Street View

The lights are dimming on another beloved local movie theater in central Massachusetts, as West Boylston Cinema is set to close its doors on May 30, ending a more than two-decade run. According to a Facebook announcement by owner Kevin Broderick, the independent five-screen theater known for its "Hollywood movies at Hometown prices" has become the latest casualty in a series of cinema shutdowns in the area.

Broderick expressed his sorrow in a social media post, "It is with a great amount of sorrow that I have to announce the closing of West Boylston Cinema at the end of the business day on May 30, 2024," as reported by CBS News. West Boylston Cinema, which has been a staple since 1997, is remembered fondly by its patrons for its community involvement and affordable entertainment offerings, with adult tickets priced at $9 and kids' tickets at $6.

This closure follows a recent trend that has seen other popular movie venues like Cinema World in Fitchburg and the 18-screen Showcase Cinemas Worcester North shutter. Adding to the list of shuttered theaters in the region, last year also saw the Regal Fenway in Boston close its doors as its parent company, Cineworld, faced bankruptcy.

The loss is being felt deeply by the community, where for many, West Boylston Cinema was part of their family routine and social life. Shared sentiments on social media reflect this, with one moviegoer lamenting, "This will be a huge loss to the community," and praising West Boylston Cinema, as told to CBS News. Patrons also reminisce about affordable family outings, which included not only movie tickets but also snacks and beverages.

As the final credits roll at West Boylston Cinema, the final lineup of films includes "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes," "IF" (Imaginary Friends), and "The Fall Guy." The exact showtimes for these last showings are available on the cinema's website. The theater's fate mirrors a growing trend as viewership patterns shift and independent cinemas struggle to stay afloat amidst the post-pandemic recovery phase and evolving entertainment consumption habits.