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Colorado movie theater chain permanently closes

Colorado movie lovers are sharing their memories and sadness about the theaters' closure.

ARVADA, Colo. — Elvis Cinemas has permanently closed.

The Colorado family-owned movie theater chain announced the closure on its website and social media Wednesday.

"Elvis Cinemas has closed for good," Elvis Cinemas said in a statement.

"Thanks to everyone who was a part or was a patron for the last 23 years. We will miss all of you."

Elvis Cinemas had operated locations in Arvada, Littleton and in Denver on East Hampden Avenue.

While Elvis Cinemas had screened discounted second-run movies in the past, the company had switched to first-run films in recent years. The chain had been showing current Hollywood hits including "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania," "80 For Brady," and "Knock at the Cabin."

Karolina Shiery worked at the Arvada location for almost a decade. 

"From my understanding, the rent during COVID was not paid for. There was a complication and an issue there with the complex," she said. 

Elvis Cinemas was known for selling tickets at low prices. On weekdays, adults could see a movie for under $10.

"I really hope there can be a future for an affordable theater," she said. "It was my favorite job. It was the only job I ever loved."

Movie lovers have flooded Elvis Cinemas' Facebook to share their memories and sadness about the theaters' closure:

"Thank you for making the cinema experience accessible and enjoyable for all of us, no matter our budget," said Joseph Perales. "You made so many memorable date nights, friend nights, and family nights memorable and I will be forever grateful for that! Thank you for everything."

"Thank you for all the movies I watched, filmed, and screened there. I will miss you guys," Zack Beins said.

"This is terribly sad," Eliz Dolcé said. "So many memories of my dad taking us here as a single parent. Thanks for providing a wonderful opportunity, especially for single parents on a tight budget. We will miss you!"

"Is there anything we can do to keep it open?" Debbie Abeyta-Pratt  asked. "Possibly a GoFundMe? Elvis Cinema is a huge part of Colorado history. You will truly be missed."



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