Gossips learned this morning that Fairview Cinema 3, Hudson's only independent, locally owned and operated hometown movie theater, just across the border in Greenport, will go dark forever at the end of the evening show on Sunday, March, 19.
The theater has for several years been struggling with two challenges that have finally proved insurmountable. At the beginning of 2014, movie studios stopped making film prints in favor of distributing only digital copies of movies. The switch required theaters to invest in expensive new digital projectors and sound systems. Bruce Mitchinson, the owner of Fairview Cinema 3, was able to equip one of the three theaters with the new digital equipment, but he has been reluctant to invest in digital equipment for the other two theaters because, for the past three years, he has been unable to negotiate an affordable lease renewal with the owners of the shopping mall.
With the closing on March 19, Fairview Cinema 3 is ending 44 years of continuous operation, and Mitchinson is ending a 47-year career in the movie theater business, the last 18 as the owner of Fairview Cinema 3. In his career choice, Mitchinson followed in the footsteps of his father, Wilfred Mitchinson, who was the projectionist at such storied Hudson movie houses as the Warren Theatre, now Rivertown Lodge, and the Community Theatre, the future home of the Marina Abramovic Institute.
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