It's one of the first local business casualties of the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Citing the current pandemic and the economic strife that goes along with it, the Bethel Cinema announced on Monday that they will be closing its doors for good.

For the past 15 years, the Bethel Cinema has been locally owned and operated by Ken Karlan and Pam Karpen, and has been screening independent films and special showings of new movies. Now they have become a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They made the sad announcement through an e-mail and on their Facebook page on Monday.

The duo also expressed interest in any person who may want to take over the cinema.

We will be heartbroken if the theater is truly closed for good.  Should you or someone you know be interested in owning a movie theater (it is a really cool job!), please reach out to us at either or you can reach Ken at (203) 943-0600.

Here's their official announcement from their Facebook page:

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