Su­gar Creek the­ater clos­ing

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - KEITH BRYANT kbryant@nwadg.com

The Su­gar Creek 10 Cinema, cur­rently owned by AMC The­atres, will be clos­ing its doors Thurs­day, May 17.

The­atre staff ex­plained that the clo­sure is com­ing be­cause AMC The­atres has been un­able to reach a lease agree­ment with the prop­erty’s owner.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from AMC The­atres did not re­spond to mul­ti­ple re­quests for com­ment.

One movie­goer, Shane Perry, said he was op­ti­mistic the the­atre may be re­opened by some­one, pro­vid­ing it can make enough to be worth worth the work and ef­fort.

“I fig­ure if it’s prof­itable, some­one else will pick it up and run with it,” he said.

Perry said he thinks the the­atre needed an up­date. He wouldn’t ex­pect any­one to run the the­atre at a loss, though he does en­joy see­ing films there, he said.

“We like com­ing here,” he said af­ter a screen­ing of the lat­est Avengers film. “We’ve been com­ing here for years.”

Wes and Melissa Woods walked into the the­atre with their 7-yearold and 11-year-old boys shortly af­ter Perry left.

“We love it ‘cause it’s right by our house,” Wes Woods said.

Melissa Woods said it was a great place to go see a movie be­cause there was rarely a line and this the­atre is po­si­tioned well away from the traf­fic and large events — like last week­end’s film fes­ti­val — in Ben­tonville and Rogers.

Wes Woods said he wasn’t thrilled to see it go.

“It’s kind of a bum­mer; it’s kind of neat to have some­thing in Bella Vista,” Woods said.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

The Su­gar Creek 10 Cinema will be clos­ing its doors May 17.

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