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Final Curtain Call at Varsity Theatre

Linda Jones Linda Jones
Devicka Follosco Devicka Follosco
Scott Sabey Scott Sabey

By: Beth Hillyer

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It has been a fixture for entertainment for over 65 years, but the historic Varsity Twin Cinema will close Sunday following its final film.

The Varsity Theatre opened in 1939 and was originally one large theatre. Those buying tickets for the final shows shared some fond memories. Even before it opened, a crowd gathered under the marquee sharing experiences at the nostalgic theatre. Jacqueline Parnell explains, "It's sad, it's always sad when they close, us old people feel nostalgic."

Linda Jones adds, "Today is the last day at Varsity Theatre and it's just horrible, I come here a lot."

Devicka Follosco stands in line on the last day, "To say goodbye to the theatre and have memories of having college lectures here."

Scott Sabey also shares his memories, "We heard it's the last day, it's closing, my daughter used to love this theatre."

Box offices sales on the last day were brisk but poor attendance has been the problem, according to Parnell, "I'm an occasional movie goer, one of the reasons they are closing down becasue the theatre isn't full all the time."

Regulars like Jones say they'll miss the variety of films. "It has independent films that are not mainstream that have really good stories and the foreign films that I like alot. "

Follosco adds, "I think it's a loss for independent films especially because they have always screened a lot of films that don't go to the big theatres you know."

Reporter Beth Hillyer learned, "Movie fans say they are disappointed the Varisty Theatre is closing but they will look for independent films elsewhere. "

Aikahi and Kahala Mall theatres will feature foreign and independent films.

But on closing day movie goers pick up a bag of popcorn and reflect on the theatre's history, "I've been coming here since the early 70's. I remember when it was one theatre and my brother took classes here when he was in college so I'm really gonna miss it," says Jones.

Consolidated Theatres have not announced plans for the site.

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