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This email just arrived from the West Newton Cinema.
To our community & customers:
For more than 40 years, our family has been proud – and fortunate – to create a community around the West Newton Cinema. Our visitors are more than just movie goers, they are a part of our lives and family.
That’s why I want to share some important news directly with you: our family has begun to explore opportunities to transition ownership and operation for the Cinema. As part of that process, we have reached agreement to sell the property where the theater is located (1296 Washington Street) to Mark Development.
We will continue to operate West Newton Cinema for the next 18 months to 2 years while identifying options for transitioning leadership and operation of the cinema to another entity. One idea under consideration is forming a non-profit that would have the resources to invest in the physical facilities, support community arts and education initiatives, and maintain a focus on independent films.
Mark Development has agreed that the cinema can continue to lease space and operate at the current site while our family considers different models. At this time, Mark does not have development plans for the site, but has committed that if we identify a new entity that can sustainably operate the theater, it will remain in place.
The West Newton Cinema has been more than a business for me, my brother and our families. It has been a privilege to be a part of this community and the lives of its residents. Our theater has been the setting for countless memories and special moments. We could not be more grateful for the support we received from the community and our longtime customers during the most challenging periods of the pandemic.
While it may be the right time for our family to stop operating the theater, our priority is finding ways to secure the long-term position of the West Newton Cinema as a community gathering place, beacon for the arts, and resource to our neighborhood. Given the incredible challenges of operating an independent theater in the day of streaming platforms and 24-7 access to video content, we will need to be creative in planning for the future and our family has committed to leading an effort to shape the next phase of this incredible institution.
As we move forward, we will continue to keep you updated. Our website will provide updates and share opportunities to support our efforts.
David Bramante