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Last Indie Theater in Washington D.C. Closes

Last Indie Theater in Washington D.C. Closes

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After 24 years of operation, the Key Theater in Georgetown, Maryland will
close after the holiday season. Management of the art house cinema blame
"enormous changes in the movie business in the last few years (that) have
left no room for the independent theater." Reasons noted include movie
chain mergers, i.e. Cineplex Odeon/Sony Theaters, the acquisition of indie
distributors by major distributors, i.e. Miramax/Disney, and newspaper
advertising rates that favor single chains with multiple theaters.


"We are grateful to our many loyal patrons who have supported us over the
years. And while the Key Theater may be gone, we plan to remain active on
the Washington movie scene through the Key Sunday Cinema Club," explained
the owners.

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