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Moving day at the dollar theaters

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By Sean Ibara

HONOLULU (KHNL) - With the closure of the Restaurant Row dollar theaters, many movie-goers are now left looking for other, cheaper ways of seeing their favorite flick.

The sign says it all... closed... for good.

"Thank you very much for your patronage, it was well appreciated", says Hollywood Theaters District Manager Joe Cuculich.

Since 1993, the Restaurant Row dollar theaters gave many a cheaper option when it came to watching your favorite movie.

That sentiment was echoed by many, as more than a thousand people jammed into the theater last night for its last night.

Today, employees were busy taping up boxes, with many of the leftover pieces of furniture headed to the theaters at the Maui Mall.

Some items were even donated to local charities. Now, the theaters sit dark and empty, the projection room once abuzz with activity, now silent.

Theater officials say the decision to close up shop wasn't because of the sinking economy.

"We're closing because our lease was purchased by our landlord and they're going to turn it into something else", says Cuculich.

He adds that with the closure of the last discount theater on the island, it leaves little options for those who want to avoid shelling out 10 bucks for a movie.

"We offered a different venue, something that people could afford who necessarily could not go to a Ward or a Dole".

Still, he's confident that the popular pasttime of heading to the movies will ultimately survive the down economy.

"There's nothing that beats going out to the movies, you know the sound, the presentation, the stadium seating, people still like to get out."

Cuculich says everything must be cleared out by Friday as the property is turned over to the new owners.

30 employees will be out of a job because of the closure.

The only discount theater in the state is now the Kress Theaters in downtown Hilo.

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