The Landmark Cinema at University Heights announced the facility’s permanent closure on July 17. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

The Landmark Cinema at University Heights announced the facility’s permanent closure on July 17. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Screens go dark as Saanich’s Landmark Cinema announces permanent closure

Movie theatre announces closure July 17 on social media

Saanich film fanatics will no longer be able to find buttery popcorn and cheap movie tickets at University Heights.

On July 17, Landmark Cinema at University Heights announced via social media that the facility will not reopen after the pandemic.

READ ALSO: University Heights redevelopment plan includes 600 rental units, dog park

“Thank you for your patronage, Movie Lovers,” read the cinema’s Friday morning Facebook post which didn’t specify the reason for the closure.

Saanich Coun. Colin Plant was quick to spot the announcement and shared the news with his Twitter followers.

He called it a “sad day” for local cinephiles, adding that there were “lots of memories made there.”

READ ALSO: Some movie theatres set to reopen this week following lengthy COVID-19 shutdown

Plant added that with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the proposed University Heights redevelopment and competition from larger cinemas, he felt it wasn’t “a huge surprise.”

Those with gift cards and tickets were invited to reach out for a refund by emailing guestservices@landmarkcinemas.com or calling 1-800-378-2535.


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