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One week ago today the AMC Loews Pipers Alley 4 closed. Our sources tell us that the projection equipment still remains, the halls are silent and discarded buttery popcorn kernels remain ground into the low pile carpet. When will they break out the carpet sweeper? Maybe sooner than you think.
The iconic Old Town theater had been open for twenty years and overseen the famous 24-hour intersection of North at Wells. The four screens in the theater have seen a downturn in traffic in recent years despite the hoards of studying college students at the 24-hour Starbucks or the never ending Walgreens self checkout line at 2:30am. The new(ish) tenants to the intersection who seem to be drawing the more current neighborhood traffic are Jimmy Johns, Chipotle and Fleet Feet.
Among the last films were delicious Cary Fukunaga's latest - Jane Eyre, The Conspirator, Cedar Rapids and the last film was I Am which ended at 9:05pm. I Am was ironically a film about asking intellectuals about the the human spirit within the world, what is wrong with the world and how we can fix it.
Although Piper's Alley has declined to comment, we've heard that a perspective tenant (also a theater) has already started talking with the management about renting the space.
· AMC [Official Site]