Filmbar in downtown Phoenix permanently closes due to pandemic

FilmBar, a one-of-a-kind theater in downtown Phoenix featuring independent films is permanently closing, citing challenges posed by the pandemic.

PHOENIX — Editor’s note: The video above is from an earlier broadcast.

Saying goodbye is never easy, but that’s what a beloved Valley theater is forced to do after nearly 11 years in business.

FilmBar, a one-of-a-kind theater in downtown Phoenix featuring indie, foreign and retro films, is closing for good, citing challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

FilmBar owner Kelly Aubey made the announcement on Tuesday.

“Many of you have surely noticed that we have been closed for about a month without any updates. Please excuse the silence. I have thought a lot. This quiet period has helped me to accept the inevitable: this is that is to say, FilmBar will not reopen. The constraints of COVID have been too great and I don’t think the future for small, for-profit Arthouse cinemas is very bright. We were already operating on a knife edge and COVID has reduced the percentage of people who would normally come to a show anytime in the near future to a point that is no longer bearable.

Hi Phoenix, Kelly, owner of FilmBar here. Surely many of you have noticed that we have been closed for about a month with…

Posted by FilmBar Phoenix on Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Aubey thanked his staff for their unwavering support over the past few years. “You never give up, and I’m proud of all of you,” he said.

Aubrey said the theater will be open this Saturday, Sunday and Monday (January 22, 23, 24) from noon to 7 p.m. in hopes of selling everything out.

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