Curtain falls on Village Theaters [Big Bear Lake, CA]

Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 5:00 am

Nikole Swinson has spent nearly half of her life at the movies. On Aug. 14, life changes for Swinson and the rest of the Village Theater crew when the twin cinema on Village Drive goes dark forever after its evening screenings.

After a 20-year occupancy, it’s the final curtain for E & W Theatres Inc. at the original Village Theaters building. The company’s lease was up in May.

The lease expiration isn’t the main reason owner Will Viner decided to close one of the two theaters his company owns in Big Bear Lake. “The downturn in the economy and the way film companies are distributing films, five screens is just too much for Big Bear,” Viner says. “It’s not a bad thing. We still have the North. We’re doing well.”

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