Quincy News

AMC Theaters in Quincy Mall closing next week

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 2, 2019 4:30 pm

QUINCY -- AMC Theaters will end its operations in the Quincy Mall next week but will continue to operate the AMC Showplace 6 at 300 N. 33rd.

Theater employees were told last weekend that the mall's theater, which has three screens, would close after Monday's showings. AMC officials have not returned phone calls about the closing.

Anaise Berry, spokesman for Cullinan Properties, which owns the Quincy Mall, said marketing of the theater space has begun.

"We are looking at some creative alternatives for the space. We'd like to fill it with a tenant that can take advantage of the theater setup, if possible," Berry said.

Cinemas in the United States have seen wild swings in attendance during recent years as customers have more video streaming options on televisions, phones or other devices. Movie viewership plunged to a 25-year low in 2017. The number of viewers rebounded by 8 percent in 2018.

There were lots of fluctuations in movie attendance before that.

Television stations began broadcasting in the 1950s, causing some to believe that in-home entertainment would doom cinema. Cable television came along a few years later. VCRs were in vogue in the 1980s, with DVDs taking their place in the 1990s and beyond.

John Fithian, CEO of the National Association of Theater Owners, told attendees at CinemaCon last year that theaters are resilient.

"I have worked with (theater owners) for 26 years. I can't begin to tell you how often reporters have asked me if the movie theater industry is dying," Fithian said.

"Every downturn in admissions is a sign of secular decline, every innovation or improvement is intended to ‘save' the movie theater business. Yet we never die but remain a strong business in the face of disruption everywhere else in the entertainment landscape."

The Quincy Mall has had a theater since it replaced the Legion Town and Country Shopping Center in 1978.

The Associated Press provided information for this story.

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