The South Side's only indoor movie theater will be closing at the end of the month.
Grand Cinemas partner Kent Edwards said the Grand View theater, a second-run movie house at 265 W. Valencia Road, that opened in 1981, will close Sept. 30.
"Business has dropped in the past few years in light of the major tech advances the first run locations have made. We are forever grateful for the support we received from the community and the neighborhood we built our lives around," Edwards said in an e-mail. "As a provider, not of only movies, but of first jobs for literally thousands of south side kids over the years we are very proud of our role in the development of Tucson's working force. We continue to serve the Tucson community at Crossroads and Oracle View theatres where several of our employees will be transferred."
Grand Cinemas also operates the second run theaters Crossroads at 4811 E. Grant Road and Oracle View at 4690 N. Oracle Road. Edwards plans to open a 12-screen first-run movie theater, Linda Vista Cinemas, west of Interstate 10 near Cortaro Road and Arizona Pavilions Drive, by Dec. 7.
Harkins Theatres plans to open an 18-screen cineplex at the southwest corner of I-19 and West Irvington Road in April.