Theater at Webster Studio closes

Only two months after its opening, the people behind new art house movie theater at East Market Street's Webster Studio announced today that they're closing its doors. "Due to a temporary complication," say David and Una Webster in an e-mail to advertisers, "we will not be showing films in our space until further notice."

As the Hook reported in April, the new cinema sought to fill a niche for local moviegoers by offering fun, yet hard-to-find movies (such as the documentary Air Guitar Nation, which was ultimately the only film screened) in a small theater with easy chairs and healthy refreshments, for only $5. In the Hook story, David Webster admitted that he was having a tough go filling seats, with crowds averaging between five and 15 people. "We're hoping if we keep prices low and we get the word out, we'll get more business," he said.

That optimism has apparently not diminished, as we may not have seen the last of this idea. In the e-mail announcing the closing, the Websters say, "We're disappointed but determined to make the theater work at another venue."

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