ROXBURY, NJ – Less than three years after it took over the only movie theater in Roxbury, Cinépolis USA is shutting it down.
The Cinépolis Succasunna theater in the Roxbury Mall will show its last movie Sunday evening, said a manager today. She confirmed the accuracy of a post on the company’s website that announced the closure.
“We would like to thank everyone who has visited this theater over the years, and we hope that you continue your support of cinema-going after we are gone,” said the post.
It urged patrons of the Roxbury theater to continue that "cinema-going" by patronizing the company’s “newly renovated Mansfield location” about 14 miles away, and promised to offer refunds for unused tickets returned to the Succasunna box office by Jan. 5.
“Thank you for your years of continued patronage and support,” said the post.
Cinépolis USA, the United States arm of a Mexican company, took over the theater in July 2016. Before that, the place was called Bow Tie Cinema and before that it was Clearview’s Succasunna Cinema 10.
The Succasunna theater was one of five Bow Ties, in New Jersey and New York, bought by Cinépolis USA at the time. The company didn’t change much in terms of the Roxbury building's appearance and accoutrements.
At the time Cinépolis USA it took over the theater, a company executive said the venue fit the company's profile for places in which it wants to own theaters.
"We were familiar with Succasunna from the research we had done, so we knew it’d be a good place to introduce our theater concept," said the executive. "Historically, we’ve concentrated on opening in areas that are not the metropolitan center of a city or state. We’ve mostly zeroed in on the many important and amazing towns that offer more of a suburban atmosphere."