Parma councilwoman Deborah Lime wants Parma Theater designated as historic preservation site.
PARMA, Ohio - Ohio's 7th largest city will soon be without any movie theater within its borders.
At the end of the day Sunday, Parma Theater on Ridge Road will close its doors for good after serving movie-lovers in northeast Ohio since 1936.
"I just remember seeing a lot of movies here," said Ralph Robinson of Parma. "The price was right and it was close to home. It's sad to see it go."
Parma Theater management said declining attendance the last decade and a drop in revenue for 3-D family movies led to the decision to close. With 35 millimeter film prints going away, the theater would have to purchase expensive digital projectors and sound equipment. Managers say the theater was not big enough to get a return on the investment.
Third generation projectionist Timothy Murphy will miss working with film.
"With technology nowadays, I knew it was going to take it over sooner or later," said Murphy. "It was fun. It was fun doing it."
Bob and Rachel Nypaver shared many father-daughter moments at Parma Theater. They came back Monday to take one last trip down memory lane.
"I've been coming here since I was a little kid with my dad," said Rachel. " I have a lot of memories of it, so I really wanted to come back one last time.
Parma Theater was known for low prices for first-run movies. Management understood the financial impact closing would have on struggling families.
"We get people looking for bargains today," said Parma Theater Manager Bob Hellriegel. "It is tough on young families that come in from Cleveland and some of the older suburbs. Sorry we had to close up."
Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter told newsnet5.com that the city was not informed of the closing by theater owners. DeGeeter said he will advocate for redeveloping and renovating the property to return it to viability.
The Parma Fire Department ruled the cause of last week's fire at the Parma Theatre.
Fire investigators have ruled the cause of the blaze at the landmark Parma Theatre as arson.
Flames and smoke shot from the Parma Theatre, which closed in September, on Nov. 16.
While smoke spread for the 76-year-old Parma Theatre, which was recently closed, a woman at the alteration shop next door tried to save as many wedding dresses as she could from smoke damage.
The Parma Theatre is now closed after 76 years on Ridge Road. Now, the fight starts to save it.
Community meeting being held Thursday evening to discuss future options that would preserve the historic and now closed Parma Theater.
Sunday will be last day to catch a movie at theater which opened in 1936. Ohio's 7th largest city to be without any movie theater within its borders.
The Parma Theater will be closing its doors forever come Labor Day.