2023 has been awful for the entertainment industry, even with the good news that the writer's strike has been settled, a major piece of bad news for movie theater lovers in Connecticut has just been announced. We're losing yet another one.

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The last commercial movie theater in all of New Haven has announced their closure. Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas at 80 Temple Street will cease operations after the evening screenings on Thursday, October 12, 2023. According to the New Haven Independent, and a press release from Bow Tie Partners, and basic common sense, the COVID-19 pandemic caused dramatic changes to the movie theater business in New Haven, and everywhere else. There is a glimmer of hope for movie theater lovers though, the press release goes on to state that Bow Tie Partners "Plan to remain part of the downtown New Haven community, and is currently evaluating multiple scenarios for redevelopment of the movie theater space, several of which include new entertainment offerings."

19 years, almost 2,000 films shown, and it all goes dark two weeks from today.

Since 2022, movie theater lovers in Connecticut have lost Niantic Cinema 5, Apple Cinemas Barkhamsted, Regal Cinemas Waterbury, Branford, and Stonington, Cineworld in Westbrook, and Cine 4 in New Haven. What remains? Either the truly small, independent theaters, like Bank Street, Gilson, Prospector, Riverview Cinemas, Bantam Cinemas, Bethel Cinemas, or the only remaining big platers - AMC, Apple Cinemas, and Cinemark.

I'm just as guilty as everyone, the last time I was physically in a theater was Oppenheimer. Killers of the Flower Moon, who's coming?

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