That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

May 10, 2005

o/~They’ve Shown This On Both Screenso/~

Filed under: dead stores — Anita @ 12:04 am

Williamsburg’s Only First Run Theater Closes

May 7, 2005

JAMES CITY — There won’t be any “Star Wars” in Williamsburg this month.

The seven-screen Carmike theater ended its run at the Williamsburg Crossing shopping center Thursday. It was the Williamsburg area’s only first-run movie theater.

A steady line of cars pulled up to the theater on a cold, wet Friday night and then slowly edged away when the drivers noticed no movie posters and no lights.

Tammy Brady and her family, visiting from North Carolina, came to see “Anything! We were just looking to do something in the rain.”

Nancy Gloss and her husband drove by to see if the rumors were true. She has operated Nancy’s Bernina Sewing Center at Williamsburg Crossing since the fall of 2003.

“People waiting for a movie would walk by and look in the window, and some of them would maybe come in,” she said. “We depend on walk-in traffic and word-of-mouth, not just advertising. For this business to go is not good.”

Carmike closed as construction continues on a 12-screen theater in the New Town development just off Route 199 – one exit away from the Carmike theater’s exit. Charlotte-based Consolidated Theatres hopes its Colonial Cinema will be open by mid-August after wet winter weather caused construction delays.

The Kimball Theatre on Duke of Gloucester Street plays independent and foreign films.

Williamsburg Crossing has lost other business to New Town; the Corner Pocket billiard hall was one of the first businesses to move there. Shoppers now gather at Target or Ukrop’s on a Friday night. The last anchor tenant at Williamsburg Crossing is a Food Lion grocery. Last week the company CB Richard Ellis advertised 17 locations there available for lease.

Where the movie titles were once listed above the Carmike’s doors, letters read, “Theatre closed. Thank you Williamsburg for 20 years of movie magic.”

Copyright © 2005, Daily Press

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Since I don’t live in Williamburg (but shop/went to school for 2 semesters/worked) in Williamsburg, but never went out in those parts. But the day after I read that article, I had a dream that me and this group of people got on a bus and drove there and took photos.

For some reason I always think of the New Pornographer’s Song “Twin Cinemas” when I read this article. So here’s the song.

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