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Globe Cinema changes hands

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Globe Cinema, one of Calgary’s two remaining arthouse movie theatres, has recently seen a change in management. Landmark Cinemas, the former operators of the Globe, handed operations to Riley’s Reproductions and Printing, the company that owns the building, on Nov. 30.

The Globe Cinema was originally opened in 1965 under the name Towne Cinema. In addition to screening films, it also plays host to a variety of festivals, including the popular Calgary International Film Festival.

While rumours were circulating earlier this year of the Globe’s impending closure, it appears that it will remain open into 2013. The Calgary-based Landmark Cinemas will still be handling booking until the end of January, and have confirmed that old passes and gift tickets will still be honoured.

Neil Campbell, the chief operating officer of Landmark Cinemas, says in Metro, “We are thrilled at the end of the day because the Globe is staying open.”

With the Globe being operated by Riley’s Reproductions and Printing, it is now a true independent theatre. Whether this will bode well for the theatre’s future is yet to be determined.