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Let's go to the movies. Hello? Anyone?

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase April 3, 2007 12:09 PM

A friend and I went to see "Blades of Glory" at the Fresh Pond movie theater Sunday afternoon, and we were surprised to find the parking lot practically empty. It was a nice day -- for April in New England, that is -- but not that nice. I know that people are staying home to watch their Netflix selections from the comfort of their couches these days (myself included), but now that the Assembly Square theater has closed, Fresh Pond is the closest multiplex a lot of Somerville residents have. I thought the place would at least be a little bustling. But it seems the demand just isn't there. As much as I hated the Assembly Square cinema (toilet theater, as my husband and I affectionately called it), I'm sad it's gone. And I wonder how much life the forlorn, outdated Fresh Pond has left in it. (Apparently, the theater is newly renovated, but it's hard to see where.) It seems that not even Will Ferrell and Jon Heder in tight, sparkly skating suits can lift movie theaters out of their death spiral.

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