Louisville, Kentucky (WDRB) — The Radcliffe, Kentucky entertainment staple will be closed on Sundays.
Showtime Cinemas has been bringing the latest and greatest movies to Radcliffe for decades, but after this weekend, seats will remain empty. Some loyal customers are disappointed that movie theaters will be closed permanently.
Radcliffe resident Inge Nunn said: “It’s really very sad. “That’s why my friend and I came today because we’re going to the movies on the last day.”
Nan has lived in Radcliffe since 1985.
“I was so excited when we had our own movie theater,” Nunn said. “The world is scary these days, then.”
She’s not the only longtime regular making her last visit.
“Over the past week, it’s been mostly senior citizens,” said Raupau Moaga, manager of Showtime Cinema. “They were coming in and saying, ‘Why? Why are you shutting down?’ You can see the disappointment on their faces.”
Moaga has been with the family-owned company since 2013.
“It was bittersweet. I miss my customers, my patrons, especially my staff. I love the people who work here,” Moaga said.
Isaac “Ike” Boutwell, who started his theater business, died in June. His son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Paula Boutwell, took over the business and found the Radcliffe place not making enough profit.
They chose to close Showtime Cinemas and focus on Movie Palace in Elizabethtown.
“Since the pandemic hit, we no longer have business,” said Moaga, who plans to work at a theater in Elizabethtown.
Nan understands the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic, but she believes Radcliffe is often the weird one.
“Elizabethtown is a great town, but so is Radcliffe,” Nunn said. “We are important.”
Nan and other customers hope another theater will be possible in the future.
Moaga hopes people will continue to support business at its Elizabethtown location.
“Then you don’t have to go through anything like this anymore,” Moaga said.
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