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Movies 8 theater closes its doors permanently

The Movies 8 theater is making its final curtain call.

Posted: Jun 10, 2020 6:52 PM

REDDING, Calif. – The Movies 8 theater is making its final curtain call. A once packed parking lot now sits empty.

“It's kind of sad because they usually have a family thing here and people brought their kids here to watch the dollar movies,” said Scotty Siskey of Redding. “There's nobody here and it's kind of sad.”

The theater is taking its final bow and shuttering its doors for good

“I would come through here and just see people and just be able to smile and have a good time,” said Siskey.

People tell Action News Now that Movies 8 was the theater they would come to catch big hit flicks for a cheap price.

“It was a nice place to go and it was inexpensive,” said Kenny Parks of Shasta Lake. “You can see good movies, they weren't first runs but they were still good movies.”

In a statement, Cinemark tells Action News Now “Cinemark can confirm that its Movies 8 Theater in Redding, California will not reopen, as it is nearing the conclusion of its lease term. The closure is normal course of business and the result of the careful and ongoing review of our theater fleet.”

For many people, Movies 8 was a staple of their childhood and they’re sad to see it go.

“As a child who grew up in Redding I would frequent there pretty often with my family and friends,” said Zachary Gifford, a longtime resident. “I really liked having the opportunity to go to the dollar movies.”

Cinemark did not say if Movies 8's closure is due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The state is recommending that movie theaters limit the number of attendees in each theater to 25% of its capacity.

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