Will Venango lose its only movie theater?
On Friday, The Movies at Cranberry put out on Facebook that it will be closing its doors at the mall unless there is a big enough influx of holiday movie goers over the next couple weeks.
The post said the lease is coming due and the decision whether to renew or not must be made. "So like a great movie, we are searching for a Christmas miracle."
Since opening at the Cranberry Mall in 2007, the theater has showed more than 600 films on five screens, according to the post. "It has been an honor to be a gathering place for (Venango) county ...," the posts states.
If the owners choose to close the doors, it will leave the county without a place to see newly released films. The county at one time had several theaters in Oil City, such as the Latonia and Col. Drake, and Franklin, including the Kayton and Orpheum.
Should the Cranberry theater close, moviegoers will have to add a little gas mileage on to their night out to get up to Cochranton's Motzing Center, The Movies at Meadville in Vernon Township or the AMC at the Clarion Mall.
Currently, The Movies at Cranberry is advertising hours for seven days a week through January 2, 2023. For what is showing and times you can visit themoviesat.com.
"We hope to see you over the holidays to say farewell… or maybe not? We will leave that to you and your ability to spread the word."
The full statement posted on The Movies at Cranberry Facebook page:
It has been a true privilege and pleasure serving you for the past 15 years. When we first opened in 2007, we worked hard to create the best and most comfortable small town theater in America. We have shown over 600 different movies and watched a whole generation of kids grow up to be adults. It has been an honor to be a gathering place for Venago county (sic) and the communities of Oil City and Franklin.
The pandemic was difficult for us through restrictions, closures, and simultaneous film releases to the home. However, through it all, we have made it to the end of our lease. Our hope in getting to this day was that our loyal customers would come back and give us the opportunity to stay, but business levels have not returned to pre-pandemic levels, and at this point we do not have the visits needed to keep the doors open.
We are hoping that people come out in droves over the next two weeks to have the finances to POSSIBLY extend our lease into 2023 and beyond. So like a great movie, we are searching for a Christmas miracle. We hope to see you over the holidays to say farewell…or maybe not? We will leave that to you and your ability to spread the word.
The Team at The Movies at Cranberry
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