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Multiplex Movie Theater Closes in Lower Saucon

The loss of the 10-screen multiplex follows the recent closure of Pathmark and Blockbuster Video in the Saucon Valley Square shopping center on Route 378.

A struggling Lower Saucon shopping center is now without an anchor tenant, following the abrupt closure of on Route 378 Sunday.

According to a report published in the Morning Call yesterday, the 39,000 square foot, 10-screen mutliplex that opened in the late 1990s was recently sold to Posh Properties of Bethlehem.

The report indicated that the movie theater industry has been hurt by the nationwide economic downturn and the popularity of movie rentals, but quoted an industry expert who called the closing of the theater "very unusual."

Douglas Gomery, a professor of cinema at the University of Maryland, told the Morning Call that the sudden closure was "probably tied to a real estate deal."

In the spring, the Saucon Valley Square shopping center in which Regal was located witnessed the closing of both a Blockbuster Video store and a supermarket that was formerly a Superfresh.

Both storefronts currently remain empty.

The shopping center is owned by Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust, Inc.

Josh Popichak (Editor) July 20, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Moving trucks are currently emptying the multiplex of seating and other items (see the contributed photos). It's the end of a movie-going era in Lower Saucon!
Ianza Torres July 21, 2011 at 01:57 AM
oh that stinks, Regal (formerly Hoyt) cinemas was a pretty decent place to watch a movie. But ever since the Promenade's Rave movie theater opened several years ago and with the latest IMAX installation ( which by the way, that's not an IMAX screen they got in there just a converted theater) attendance and profits must have been down quite a bit at Regal. I wonder what's going to replace the theater, now that is closed for good.

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