Vail’s last picture show " for now
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.
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Crossroads Cinema will show its last movie tonight. 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 closures weren’t unexpected for Steve Lindstrom, who ran the movie theaters in Vail for many years and still operates theaters in Edwards and Eagle.
“The day we opened in Riverwalk in 1995 was the beginning of the end for the Vail theaters, both Cascade and Crossroads,” he said.
Locals were moving downvalley and Vail was changing from a community to a resort, he said.
But he said he’s hopeful that the theaters at Solaris will be successful and they will attract locals from downvalley to a renewed “commercial district” in Vail.
“People say they’re going to miss it, but they’re the same folks who haven’t been coming to the movies for the last few years,” he said. “Who knows if they’ll really miss it.”
Steve McGill of Edwards said Vail ought to have a movie theater, especially to provide an activity for kids.
“We have everything else,” he said.
But he doesn’t go to movies himself, he said.
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.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or email@example.com.