Vail closes its movie theater " for now |

Vail closes its movie theater " for now

Edward Stoner
eagle county correspondent

VAIL ” John Cohagen said he won’t miss the Crossroads Cinema ” Vail’s last movie theater ” at all.

He doesn’t go there very often, he said. The last movie he saw there was “Austin Powers.”

“We snowboard, and we generally cook dinner in our unit,” he said.

Crossroads’ replacement, Solaris, will be wonderful, he said.

“New things happen,” he said.

Crossroads Cinema will show its last movie Thursday night. The Crossroads building will be torn down in early May to make way for the Solaris project, which will include three movie theaters. But that project won’t open until late 2009.

Cascade Cinema closed in early April following the Vail Film Festival. The cinema is being renovated into condos.

That will leave Vail without a movie theater for at least two years.

The Vail Film Festival will continue next year, screening movies at hotel ballrooms and perhaps at the Vail Mountain School auditorium, said Sean Cross, a director of the festival.

“I think it should work out fine,” he said.

Still, the temporary disappearance of theaters is disappointing, he said.

“It would have been great if they could have staggered it and held onto Cascade until the new Solaris was built,” he said. “But it looks like that’s not the case.”

Kaye Ferry, a member of the advisory board of the Vail Film Festival and executive director of the Vail Chamber and Business Association, said visitors depend on the theaters to give them something to do at night.

“Tragedy is the best word,” she said.

However, Russell Thomson, an owner of Charm School Boutique, said the theaters aren’t really important to the guests who buy things from his store.

“That’s a misnomer,” he said. “Theaters don’t make a difference.”

The last movie will be “The Last Picture Show,” a coming-of-age story about a Texas town that loses its second-run movie theater.

While the current renovations of Vail buildings, dubbed its “renaissance,” may be its coming of age, its loss of theaters will only be temporary.

“You’ve got to suffer a little for progress,” said Craig Cohn, director of sales and leasing for Solaris.

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