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Last updated 3:17AM ET
September 19, 2018
WFCR Local News
WFCR Local News
No More Films at Pleasant Street Theater
(wfcr) - Northampton, Massachusetts' only theater for first-run movies will close within the next two months. The sale of the Pleasant Street Theater building comes just months after the nearby Academy of Music stopped showing first-run movies. This is a blow, says Penny Burke, Executive Director of the Northampton Center for the Arts. Burke says for a city that prides itself on its arts offerings, Northampton needs to think hard about the health of its arts economy. She says residents and the mayor need to invest in the long-term financial health of the city's arts scene. Robert Lawton, owner of the theater, announced last summer he was selling the theater. The new owner of the property -- whose name has not been disclosed -- reportedly will not continue to use the building to show films.
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