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Mann Theatres closes Hopkins cinema after 20-plus years

"We sadly join a growing number of small businesses and movie theatres closing permanently."

After more than 20 years, the movie theater in Hopkins has closed for good. 

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Minnesota-based Mann Theatres said the Hopkins Cinema 6 "will cease operations effective immediately."

"While Hopkins Cinema 6 did all it could to adjust, it is not enough to stay afloat," the post said. "We sadly join a growing number of small businesses and movie theatres closing permanently."

Mann Theatres said it has enjoyed serving the Hopkins community, noting over the past two decades it has watched the downtown area "grow by leaps and bounds."

"We'd like to thank all of the wonderful guests, friends, and amazing staff members who have been a part of this special 20-year run," the post said. 

Any gift cards purchased for the Hopkins cinema can be redeemed at any of the other Mann Theatre locations in Minnesota. 

However, the other eight locations are closed "until further notice" due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mann Theatres' website says.

"All shows have been canceled. If you purchased your tickets directly from Mann Theatres, your tickets will be honored for a later screening," the company says. 

Movie theaters across the country have been struggling since the start of the pandemic.

First, they were forced to close in the spring to curb the spread of the virus. Then, when they tried to reopen over the summer when local restrictions were eased, there were few if any new movies to offer as studios pushed release dates to 2021, CNN explained

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In the months since, theaters – including some in Minnesota – rented out theaters for private parties in hopes of wooing movie-goers who've been resorting to streaming services.

But now with COVID-19 cases surging in Minnesota and across the country, cinemas are temporarily shutting down again.

Unable to catch a break, movie theater companies have been forced to consider alternatives. AMC and Regal, the two largest cinema chains in the U.S., have both reportedly considered filing for bankruptcy

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