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SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 17: The ticket area is empty in a closed AMC movie theater on March 17, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. AMC Theatres is closing all their theaters nationwide in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

I am someone who has always loved the whole experience of going to movie theaters. Buying a ticket, getting popcorn and an ICEE (or sneaking your own food in since food there is so expensive), and going to sit in the perfect movie-showing space. I especially liked when all the theaters updated their seats to those cushy recliners! Love those things.

I’ve really missed the whole experience since the pandemic shut everything down. Now that more people are being vaccinated and CDC recommendations have changed, more movie theaters are opening back up. But, unfortunately, some of the theaters around Charlotte didn’t make it through.

Even before the pandemic began, the increasing popularity of streaming services (and the direct release of new movies on these platforms) threatened the movie theater experience.

Katie Peralta Soloff from Axios Charlotte wrote about how several theaters have gone under within the last few years. The Manor Theater, the Studio Movie Grill at the Epicentre, and the Regal Ballantyne Village have all gone out of business.

It seems the Regal Phillips Place is next. The area around the movie theater has recently become a target for rezoning by the developer Lincoln Harris. However, this Regal theater’s lease contract won’t be up until 2025.

Until then, Charlotte residents, and especially those who love the theater experience, need to support our local theaters before they’re all gone!

Source: Axios Charlotte

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