(Charleston, W. Va.) – Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin issued the following statement regarding the closing of Park Place Stadium Cinemas.

“I spoke with the owner this morning and thanked him and his team for their 43 years of operation in our city. During our conversation, Mr. Hyman informed me the company closed their movie theater in Cincinnati, Ohio last week. We understand owning and operating a movie theater over the last several years has been extremely difficult — especially during the pandemic.

“While we were only informed of the closure this morning, we are aware of other movie theater operators who have expressed interest in the space. In addition, Mr. Hyman indicated he had spoken with other potential operators as well.

“With the closing of Park Place Stadium Cinemas, we will immediately begin looking for another tenant for our downtown cinema space. The City has made improvements to the theater space over the last couple of years, including major improvements in the garage. 

“It is our understanding all of the movie-related equipment will remain, so we are hopeful another operator will be interested in locating downtown. Foot traffic and business have both increased in this area and are expected to continue increasing with the construction of the Capital Sports Center and major improvements in the Business Improvement District. We are hopeful to find a partner that shares our vision for the future of our Downtown.”