The Village Seven theaters closed today, with no outside notice (they’re still listed as on Yahoo’s Movie page).
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Though the “official” website makes no mention (their phone number was disconnected), their showtimes website confirms this Ann Arbor/Ypsi livejournal post reporting their demise. (And if anyone knows where to get the kid a job, he’d probably appreciate it).
The fine folks who ran the Village Four out at Fox Village, formerly the only discount movie theater around (and home to Washtenaw County’s biggest screen), seem to have fled in the night. Even after a bit of digging, no contact has been made. Reportedly, when they took on the Briarwood Village Seven theater (formerly Madstone), they simply stopped paying rent at their old location, and continued operating until the landlords evicted them. The Village Four is currently slated for demolition, after which it will be just another strip mall. Did their creditors finally catch up with them? No one knows for sure. If I was Drudge, I’d say “developing…”