Waterworks Cinemas closes its doors
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The Waterworks Cinemas closed its doors last night with no plans to reopen.
The 10-screen movie house closed because of financial problems, said Sandy Baker, managing director. It is tucked behind the Waterworks Mall on Freeport Road in the city of Pittsburgh.
The owners, a holding company called WW Cinema, based in California, alerted employees within the last week that the multiplex would close. About 30 people work there, Ms. Baker said.
Waterworks Cinemas, which was showing first-run films up until its closing, opened in 1990. It was renovated in 2000 to add stadium seating to respond to the influx of competition.
Jeff Lewine, who formerly owned and managed several other theaters in the Pittsburgh area, bought it in 2003. He has not been affiliated with Waterworks since WW Cinema bought it about three years ago, Ms. Baker said.
Another multiplex formerly owned by Mr. Lewine, the 14-screen Star City Cinemas in South Fayette, closed in 2005 but reopened last year as a discount movie house under the name Screenworks.
First Published September 12, 2007 12:00 am