HANFORD — On July 31, The Metro 4 Cinemas will screen its last film.
The closing was announced on the theater's Facebook page on Friday: “We are very sorry to be announcing that we will be closing The Metro 4 Cinemas. We've enjoyed serving you over the past 10 years and thank you for the loyalty you have shown.”
Some patrons of the theater may be in shock and disbelief, but signs on the doors confirm that the theater is indeed closing.
Culver Theatres opened the Metro 4 in 1983. In 2007, the owners of the building turned operations over to North American Cinemas, who gave it a $50,000 renovation that included upgraded projectors, sound and concessions.
North American Cinemas later became Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, the same company that owns Sierra Vista Cinemas 16 in Clovis.
Monday, Pauline Solario stood outside the theater before opening with a shocked look on her face.
“That’s a bummer,” Solario said, adding she’d been a patron of the theater for as long as it had been around.
Solario said she liked the theater because of the specials and bargain days the theater offered. She said the movie theater in Lemoore is pricier than Metro 4, so her only option now is visiting Cinemark Movie 8 at the Hanford Mall when she wants to catch a movie.
“It’s a shame,” Solario said. “A real shame.”
Esther Calonge walked up to the theater Monday and read the notice of closing in disbelief. She too had visited the theater since its opening.
“It’s a really nice theater,” Calonge said. “They’ve upgraded it and all the seats are new — it’s really nice.”
Calonge said she’d rather go to Metro 4 than any other nearby theater because it’s convenient for her.
“I just can’t believe they’re going to close,” Calonge said. “A lot of my friends are upset too. I’m going to miss it.”
"Closing the Metro 4 was a hard decision and not one considered lightly," Neil Pearlmutter, vice president of Santa Rosa Entertainment group, said in a statement. "We thank our wonderful patrons for allowing us to serve you. We will certainly miss seeing you each and every week."
Due to corporate regulations, staff members of Metro 4 Cinemas were not allowed to answer any questions regarding the closing.