Hampton Cinemas Six Will Close

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Will Show Last Films This Weekend at 1980
Prices: $4 Tickets

By Patrick Cronin

Hampton Union, Tuesday, February 10, 2009

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]
Hampton Cinema Six on Lafayette Road will close its doors this weekend after 29 years in business.
[Patrick Cronin photo]

HAMPTON -- After 29 years of bringing Hollywood to local residents, Hampton Cinema Six is set to close its doors for good after this weekend.

Owner John Tinios thanked the community for its support over the years. In an effort to do that, Tinios will be offering tickets at 1980 prices to all who visit the cinema from Feb. 13-15.

"Sunday (Feb. 15) will be our last day, and we wanted to say 'thank you' to all our loyal customers over the years," Tinios said. "It's been a great run, and we just want to say 'thank you,' Hampton."

Tinios announced he was closing the six-screen theater on Lafayette Road near his Galley Hatch restaurant, back in May to make room for a CVS Pharmacy and retail space.

At the time, Tinios said it was no longer economically feasible to continue to run the theater.

"It was really a tough decision for my family because we enjoy the movie theater, and it's a great part of the community," he said.

Tinios said the reason why he wanted to have 1980 ticket prices during the last weekend is because that is the year the theater first opened its doors.

Movies that will be shown during its final weekend include "Slumdog Millionaire," "New in Town" and "He's Just Not That Into You."

All concession items will be half off, and those who go to the Galley Hatch restaurant afterwards will receive a 10 percent discount on any food purchase.

"We just wanted to encourage everyone to come down one last time," Tinios said.

Tinios said its going to be bittersweet when the credits roll on the last film shown Sunday night.

"It is going to be sad day," he said. "My kids were raised in that movie theater. They saw all the Disney pictures there, along with a generation of kids."

Tinios said the movie industry has changed, making it difficult for independent theaters like his to survive.

"It's a different industry," Tinios said. "It's not same industry it once was.

"Hollywood has become very corporate," he said. "The big exhibitors and the film companies are tied together at the hip."

Movie makers have accelerated their release of new films now that other options exist like Pay-Per-View and Netflix. Currently, the shelf-life of a blockbuster is six weeks, which makes it impossible for small theaters with a limited number of screens to make money, he said.

Tinios said another "dagger" striking at independent movie theaters is that, by 2010, all theaters will be going digital. That would have cost him between $300,000 to $400,000 per screen.

Tinios said he will always be grateful of all the customers over the years, who preferred his theater over the big chains.

"I think people liked the personal attention they were getting from the independent versus a chain," he said. "It's going to be a sad weekend."

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