Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Single-Screen Theatre with 80-Year History in Halifax Closing Its Doors

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Single-Screen Theatre with 80-Year History in Halifax Closing Its Doors

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Historic Halifax theatre closing its doors

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HALIFAX - It is where Haligonians watched "Casablanca," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "The Graduate" and "Titanic."

The Oxford Theatre -- a grand, standalone movie house not far from some of Halifax's most expensive homes -- will soon be closing its doors.

Cineplex has announced that the 80-year-old Quinpool Road fixture will shut down on Sept. 13 after being sold to a local business -- Nanco Group -- owned by the Nahas family.

"The decision to sell the Oxford was not an easy one as we share the community's love for the theatre and respect the important role it has played in the city's history," Daniel Seguin, Cineplex's vice president of operations for eastern Canada, said in a news release.

"Back in 1937 when the Oxford first opened, single screen theatres were the norm but today multiplex cinemas provide our guests with many film choices in one location."

Norman Nahas, its new owner, said plans for the building have not been finalized, but he is looking at number of options. …

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