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One closing showtime for Rainbow Cinemas in Regina

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The ultimate Toonie Tuesday has come and gone for the Rainbow Cinemas in Regina because it joins the rising listing of small film theaters closing throughout North America.

After the announcement got here final month that the theater can be closing, Sunday, Sept. 25 might be their closing day.

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“It is an absolute rollercoaster of feelings,” Rainbow Cinemas normal supervisor Thomas Hendricksen mentioned.

“I am unhappy we’re closing and unhappy the workers should discover different issues to do. However with the information, we’ve got undoubtedly seen an affect on folks. So it has been actually enjoyable and good to see massive crowds once more coming via the doorways and everyone getting their final film in.”

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To have a good time the historical past of the theater, Rainbow Cinemas might be lowering ticket costs to what they had been again in 1998 when the theater opened.

Over the past month, Hendricksen mentioned he has spent a whole lot of time reflecting on his 15 years working on the Rainbow, in addition to the years he got here to the theater as a child.

“I bear in mind days operating from the ticket workplace, promoting tickets after which scooting again to serve popcorn, ripping tickets, serving to the youngsters clear and it simply was by no means ending. Individuals had been flowing via these doorways consistently,” he mentioned.

The theater is understood for its retro vibe and for showingcasing unbiased movies and that’s definitely the case in its closing week as they showcase the movie Brotherhood.

The Canadian movie Brotherhood is again in Regina for its second and closing run at Rainbow Cinemas, and would be the closing Canadian movie proven on the theatre.

Courtesy of Brotherhood director Richard Bell

Based mostly on the true story, the film follows a bunch of boys in 1926 as they try and survive an evening on Balsam Lake in Ontario. It is going to be the ultimate Canadian movie proven on the theater, one thing director Richard Bell is perpetually grateful for.

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“It is unhappy as a result of a lot proper now that we’re experiencing in world occasions and in Canada appears like end-of-an-era type of stuff,” Bell mentioned.

“I really feel actually badly for the cinema as a result of Brotherhood can be an unbiased movie and I understand how onerous it’s to run one thing small and defiantly unbiased. So I really feel very unhappy but additionally form of honored,” Bell defined.

For each Hendricksen and Bell, the unhappy reality is that individuals at all times recognize issues extra when they’re ending than once they had been a staple.

“It is type of human nature that we recognize one thing because it disintegrates, because it’s no extra,” Bell mentioned. “We do really form of miss issues extra once they’re about to go or they’re gone.”

Whereas the theater could also be closing Sunday, Hendricksen mentioned there may be one factor that has made the journey slightly bit simpler.

“It’s continuous, simply an outpouring of affection from the neighborhood,” Hendricksen mentioned. “Everyone that is available in simply has to let you understand how lengthy they’ve been coming, how a lot they find it irresistible right here, how a lot they’ll miss us. So it will depart a gap locally but it surely’s made issues slightly simpler figuring out how a lot the neighborhood liked us.”

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