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The GTC Ashley 8 Cinemas in Valdosta, Georgia closed after business on Sunday, March 3, 2014.
While the theater's official web site had a simple "we're closed and thanks" message, a reply to someone's question on their Facebook page provided some additional information:
Are you guys really closing?
Yes, the film distributors are no longer going to make 35mm film prints for new releases and it was cost-prohibitive to install the new digital projectors that replace 35mm projection equipment without raising the admission price too high. Thank you for your past patronage. Our last day of operations for Ashley Value is this Sunday and hope you will continue to come to our Valdosta Stadium location in the future. Sincerely, Georgia Theatre Company
See the link below for an article we found in the Valdosta Daily Times confirms that news. The theater was purchased in 2012 by Valdosta State University to use for their expansion plans, and they have been leasing the theater back to GTC since then. While the official statement may be that the industry's shift to Digital Cinema Projection systems was the main reason for the theater closing, one can't help but think that after two years, the University might be ready to make use of its purchase.
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Photo courtesy Ashley Cinemas
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