Saturday, December 12, 2015
End of an Era
Wednesday was the last day of business for my all time favorite movie theatre, Harkins Camelview in Scottsdale. This was the area's "art house" theatre showing independent, small and foreign films. I did a post about Harkins Theatres back in 2008 telling the history of the locally owned chain. You can see it here. What I didn't know at that time was that this theatre got its start as an "art house" because the big movie companies owned most of the theaters in the country and they wouldn't release their films to Harkins so he started showing films produced independently and foreign films. People loved the choice and his business prospered. Can you see that mid-century modern look of the place in the photo above? Those parasol-like structures were pretty and functional providing shade for people waiting outside.
I stood in line in front of this box office many times buying tickets for some exciting and interesting movie. I'll miss it.
This message of thanks on the marquee says this place has been here for 42 years. It's sad to think it will soon be gone making way for something else. (I haven't heard what yet but, the property belongs to the mall so I'm sure it will be something commercial.) Harkins is moving this theater to a new spot inside the mall and it will open next week. It will be much bigger but, they say it will still show independent films mixed in with the bigger films. It will be interesting to see how that mix will change the dynamic of the crowds buying tickets.
I'll have to get some photos of the new place to show you after it opens.