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The End: Westhampton Theater closes after nearly 80 years of movie magic

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Posted at 6:54 AM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 06:54:34-04

RICHMOND, Va. — The Westhampton Theater has screened its last show. The nearly 80-year-old West End movie house closed for business Sunday evening as it makes way for a planned redevelopment of the site.

Officials with Regal Cinemas, which has continued to operate the theater after selling it to developers in 2014 for $1.75 million, did not return requests for comment to confirm the closure, but reservations are no longer available for the theater on popular movie ticket websites, such as Fandango.com. A theater employee referred official comments to representatives with Regal, but confirmed that there will be no show times after last night.

Regal made the decision to wind down operations and sell the property because the theater had been considered underperforming for at least the past four years, a spokesperson said at the time of the sale.

Westhampton LLC, consisting of Stefan Cametas and Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer broker Jason Guillot, purchased the theater property at 5706 Grove Ave. in March 2014. The developers also bought the Long & Foster building two doors down.

The new owners revealed their plans for buildings late last year, which include renovating the properties with more than 85,000 square feet of new food and retail tenants, along with nine condominiums.

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