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Calgary's Globe Cinema appears primed to shut down

Clarification: In the original version of this article, Paul Stickney was identified as the owner of Globe Cinema. He is the manager. Metro regrets the error.

Details are limited but it appears Calgary will lose another of its arthouse movie theatres next month.

Globe Cinema staff members and manager Paul Stickney confirmed Sunday that the two-screen venue is on its last legs.

A woman working the box office said she’s been told the last day of screenings will be Nov. 30, adding the reason is likely steep rental rates being charged to keep the cinema in its downtown home at 617, 8th Ave. S.W.

Stickney, meanwhile, was reached on vacation and decline to comment in detail without consulting with the Globe’s operators, Landmark Cinemas.

“This is something, whether or not it’s happening, of course it’s happening,” he said. “It’s just whether or not I am allowed or encourage to comment on it — they (Landmark) have a way that they like to handle things and explain things.”

The Globe’s closure would come on the heels of operations being ceased at fellow downtown venue, The Uptown Stage & Screen, in August. Owners there sighted a dramatic rise in popularity of internet movie piracy and video services like Netflix.

The Plaza Theatre in Kensington, destined to become the city’s only remaining arthouse theatre should the Globe close, was also rumoured to be in financial trouble but owner Mike Brar snuffed out talk of shutting down in August.

Local film buff Cody Stuart learned of the Globe’s apparent closure date while attending a film there Saturday night.

“I think it’s weird that there’s this big push to get people downtown (in Calgary), but at the same time, the attractions downtown seem to be vanishing rapidly,” he said, before adding that the general public seems more interested in attending massive multiplexes elsewhere in the city.

“It’s a shame because there are good movies in small theatres, too,” he said.

Venue history

  • Globe Cinema was originally named Towne Cinema when it opened as a single-screen theatre in 1965. It expanded to two screens in the early 1970s.
  • Landmark Cinemas took over the venue in the 1990s and renamed it the Globe Cinema.

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