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After 35 Years, Jerome Theater Closes

May 9, 2014

By Tetona Dunlap, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho



May 09--JEROME -- Thursday was the last night movie-goers could catch a flick at Jerome Cinema.

Shayde Alves, manager at Twin Cinema 12 confirmed Thursday that the Jerome movie theater will be closed after Thursday.

Interstate Amusement Inc. opened the Jerome theater March 28, 1978, after more than 17,000 people signed a petition to get a theater. Interstate Amusement's website also had a brief announcement of the theater's closing.

" The Jerome Cinema is now closed. We want to thank the northside and Jerome people for 35 1/2 years of patronage," the message on the website said.

"I just found out today as well," Alves said.

Alves had no more information about why the theater had been shuttered. Larry Roper, managing director for Interstate Amusement, was not available Thursday for comment.

In September, Jerome's movie theater closed temporarily so it can be converted to digital technology, but Roper warned a lack of customers could mean "Jerome Cinema will be gone forever."

In September, the company needed to convert 19 screens at its theaters: the Jerome 4, the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Twin Falls, Twin Cinema 12 and both Twin Falls drive-ins, Motor-Vu and Grand-Vu. It had already completed the process at Twin Falls Cinema 12.

Jerome Cinema had four screens and the last movies were shown Thursday at 9:45 p.m.

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