Elvis Cinemas has closed permanently

Longtime patrons are mourning the loss of another family-owned business in the Denver metro area.
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Elvis Cinemas’ Arvada location, March 2, 2023.
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Elvis Cinemas, Denver's last cheap movie theater chain, announced it has shut its doors permanently.

"I just wanted to let everyone know that Elvis Cinemas has closed for good," the chain posted on Facebook. "Thanks to everyone who was a part or was a patron over the last 23 years. We will miss all of you."

The family-run chain operated theaters in Arvada, Littleton and Denver, at Tiffany Plaza. The theater owners have not responded to requests for comment. 9News broke the story.

In an era when going to the movies can easily break the bank, Elvis Cinemas offered affordable tickets for people willing to wait a bit to see big Hollywood films.

Patrons of the theater took to social media to offer to throw a GoFundMe, but the owner has not replied. They also reminisce about childhood memories of double features, taking their kids to birthday parties at the theaters.

"So sad to hear this," wrote Darren Perkins, whose family spent the evening of Sept. 11, 2001 there. "You guys were like the only theater in town that was open and we came and saw Shrek and Tomb Raider that evening. Hardly anyone was there, but we were so happy to be able to go to the movies and get away from all the craziness that was going on out in the world that day. Will definitely always love the Tiffany Plaza location for that and so many other great movie experiences."

The news breaks in an era when movie theaters have been struggling -- both before the pandemic and especially after.

"I was hoping this wasn't going to happen," wrote Rene Head. "MANY movies and MEMORIES over the years..."

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