AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Work continues on the renovation of the former Agawam Family Cinemas, which are expected to re-open soon.
The theaters at the Southgate Plaza on Route 75 closed in May, and were purchased by neighborhood resident Kimberly Wheeler, who says that she loved the movieplex, and spent many hours there.
In her effort to re-open the cinemas, Wheeler received the help of local donors who contributed thousands of dollars to the project. She had originally hoped to re-open the cinemas during the holiday season, but she told 22News that renovations are taking a little longer than expected, and the cinemas will now be open by late January or early February at the latest.
Wheeler said that she has digital equipment on order, and expressed thanks to all those who helped make the project a reality.
Bob Rivkin, a longtime Agawam resident, told 22News that he considers the planned re-opening welcome news, and looks forward to returning to the theaters that he says that his children and grandchildren frequently visited. He said, “I think it’s going to be very welcome. I think it’s something the community has been looking for; I think the kids are going to like it, something the neighborhood is definitely going to like.”
The Agawam Family Cinemas originally opened back in the late 1960s as part of the now-defunct Jerry Lewis Family Theaters chain, which also had two locations in the city of Springfield. In more recent years, the cinemas had been screening second-run films, but Wheeler plans to show first-run movies there.