Kipling Cinema shows last movie on Thursday

Friday March 25, 2011

BRATTLEBORO -- It appears the curtain has fallen on the screens of Kipling Cinema on Putney Road.

The Reformer learned that Thursday was the last day movies will be shown there for the foreseeable future.

The manager of Kipling Cinema, one of two movie theaters in Brattleboro, said he had no comment on the issue at this time.

The Reformer began investigating the possible closure after receiving several anonymous e-mails Wednesday morning. It was confirmed the cinema was indefinitely closing down after the cinema's advertising company failed to submit its weekly listing for today's and Saturday's paper.

According to a person at West World Media in Ridgefield, Conn., which provides entertainment venue marketing services and creates electronic and print marketing, it was told not to send the weekend listing to the Reformer.

Royal Plaza LLC, which is based in Cambridge, Mass., bought the property last year for $9.2 million from CA Investment Trust, based in Andover, Mass., which acquired the property in 2000.

After the purchase, CA Investment renovated and upgraded the center, which was originally built in 1974.

The sale was brokered by New England Retail Properties, which specializes in shopping center investment sales and retail property leasing and tenant representation. Since 2000, New England Retail Properties marketed and leased the property.

According to New England Retail Properties' website, Royal Plaza LLC is an investor in a number of shopping centers and office buildings in the New England area.

Royal Plaza LLC is an affiliated company of Unison Realty Partners.

Telephone calls left Wednesday to Unison Realty and New England Retail Properties were not returned by Thursday.

Royal Square consists of 103,000 square feet of retail space, occupied by Peebles Department Stores, Staples, Dollar Tree, Olympia Sports, Consumer Auto, Label Shopper, Sleepys, the Panasian and House of Pizza restaurants and Kipling, an six-screen movie theater.

Bob Audette can be reached at, or at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.


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