KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Screenland Crossroads will show its final film Friday night.
The independent theater is closing after almost a decade. Its owner, Butch Rigby, says a new landlord raising rent is to blame.
Rigby used to own the building, but he sold it a few years after opening the theater. The California investment group that first bought it charged him a reasonable rent. But he said that changed now that a bank owns the building.
"That about triples the rent here, and there is no economic way to run a small independent theater at market rent," Rigby explained.
But he said the theater won't be gone forever.
"It's just a matter of time finding the right space. We'll open again," Rigby said.
There will also be tribute bands for the Beatles and The Ramones, and an auction of some classic movie memorabilia.
Admission is $10. Proceeds benefit non-profit CinemaKC .
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