The curtain is about to come down on a family owned movie theater on Tucson's northwest side.
Tower Theatres has been battling the recession and slowly recovering economy, but this week they finally decided to close their doors.
The locally owned, 12-screen operation opened in late 2007, but has struggled financially, filing for bankruptcy nearly three years ago. The closure means about 40 employees will lose their jobs.
"We just came in for a meeting and they let us know. It's really sad. Everyone here is so close," said Michelle Lesher, a Tower employee.
However, up the road in midtown, the small business theatre, The Loft, has proven to be a successful operation.
The program director, Jeff Yance, tells Tucson News Now that having options is their key to success. He says in today's theater industry, you can't just show movies. He says you need more. In fact, the Indie theater focuses on community based events and offers movies that appeal to all kinds of viewers, not just film buffs.
"The Loft is just like nothing you'll find anywhere else. It offers independent movies, foreign films, and you can even buy beer," said Anne Lane, a Tucson resident who frequents the area.
As for the Towers, they also tried to reach out to the community with food truck round-ups and premiers for some of the biggest blockbusters.
Now as this small business gets ready to close shop, Phoenix based Harkins Theatres is preparing to take over.
Residents in the area said it's a sad day for them. "It's sad to see a family owned, small business go away, but its good to see that someone is so quickly stepping in," said Patti Comerford, a Marana resident.
Tower theatres will close their doors on Thursday. Harkins theatres is expected to be open by summer.
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