Monday, April 08, 2019
KANSAS CITY ARTSY MOVIE LOVERS LAMENT LAST PICTURE SHOW: WESTPORT TIVOLI CINEMAS SHUTTING DOWN!!!
A movie tradition in Midtown Kansas City is no more amid the decline of American theaters overall.
To wit . . .
THANK YOU NETFLIX!!! TIVOLI CINEMAS SHUTTING DOWN ON FRIDAY!!!
Turns out people would rather watch Youtube clips or the bevy of newly released streaming movies then venture out to see art house fair that mostly concerns gay cowboys eating pudding.
More importantly, it turns out the somewhat recent crowdfunding to upgrade to digital projectors was a waste of time and locals really don't want to go out to see alternative movies.
Jerry Harrington, owner of Westport's iconic Tivoli Cinemas, told patrons in an email last night that he intends to close the three-screen indie theater. And it will happen soon — this Friday.
"The combination of the age of the facility, my advancing age and health issues, along with the radical shifts happening in the movie business have made it impossible for me to continue."
Check the links:
Pitch: Tivoli Cinemas will close after 36 years in Westport
KCUR: Owner Of Kansas City's Tivoli Cinemas Says Friday Will Be Its Last Day
KMBC: In a letter to employees, owner Jerry Harrington said Thursday will be the last night films will be shown.
KSHB: "But, the Tivoli can no longer survive on ticket sales alone and the costs of maintaining operations are insurmountable." The theater, which opened in 1983 at a different location on Westport Road, shows American independent films, foreign films, documentaries and cinematic classics.
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