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Cinema Saver in Endicott to temporarily close

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A movie theater in the Southern Tier is days away from closing for months just as others across the state are preparing to open for the first time in months.

Cinema Saver in Endicott had been open for just private events as well as to curbside pickup of popcorn and snacks. That will end this Sunday as the screens go dark and the owners take a break.

"We think it's better to close, conserve the money we have, and ride this out another 10 or 12 months, and see what it looks like in the spring," said owner Amber Gregory.

Their recent efforts to allow some people inside the cinema were just an attempt for the theater to stay in touch with their customers. It was not profitable, Gregory said.

Governor Cuomo on Saturday announced a list of counties across the state which were allowed to reopen to 25% capacity with up to 50 people per screen. Broome County did not make the list, the COVID-19 infection rate too high.

Gregory said even if theaters in Broome County were allowed to open up in the next few weeks, she does not believe they would reverse their decision.

"I don't think opening at a 25 percent level, which is not profitable for us, would make any sense."

To top the financial issues, Gregory believes that if they did open soon, the number of new titles available for them to play would be extremely limited.

She wishes they could have open up during the summer when the movie-watching season is peaking.

"It was heartbreaking to not open with level 4 in June," she said."

Gregory believes the earliest possible time they could open up is the final week of December. Even that however is unlikely, she said.

She wants to assure people that they will in fact reopen. "We will be here," she said.

Ricky Sayer

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