Taipei Sun digital IMAX theater to close in September
Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) Vie Show Cinemas' Taipei Sun, a digital IMAX movie theater located in the Ximending business district of downtown Taipei, will close next month following the expiration of its lease.
The Taipei Sun made the surprise announcement about the Sept. 8 closure on its Facebook page Friday, after serving movie goers in the capital city for 13 years.
Since opening on Aug. 3, 2007 the Taipei Sun, which is owned by the Vie Show Cinemas chain in Taiwan, has become an important venue for young people in the city and many youthful memories, the theater said.
The Taipei Sun's large, curved IMAX screen gave viewers a remarkable movie experience and despite the planned closure, "the theater is determined to do its best to provide customers with the best service possible up to the very last minute.
"We are grateful for the long term support from so many movie goers," The Taipei Sun said.
To express its gratitude to regular theater patrons, the Taipei Sun said it is launching a buy-one-ticket-get-one-free campaign and offering special gifts.
The Taipei Sun has four screens, including the digital IMAX screen and 836 seats, including seven for disabled patrons.
The movie theater is near Exit 6 of the Ximen Station on Taipei Metro's Bannan Line and is similar to Japan's Shibuya, an area where many young people and foreign backpackers shop and eat.
The Taipei Sun is housed in a building on Wuchang Street that is more than 50 years old. Sources indicate the landlord plans to build a shopping mall at the location.
Asked whether Vie Show plans to open a new cinema in Ximending in the future, Lee Kuang-chueh (李光爵), spokesman for the cinema chain, said since the cinema owner has close ties with the landlord, he does not rule out the possibility of future cooperation.
The Taipei Sun's predecessor, Sunrise Theater, opened in September 1966. Local media said Vie Show spent about NT$60 million (US$2.04 million) renovating the building before opening the Taipei Sun.
Last year, the Taipei Sun generated more than NT$100 million in sales and attracted about 400,000 customers, making it one of the top-grossing cinemas in Taiwan.
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