Tower Theatres at Arizona Pavilions in Marana announced today, via its website, that it will be closing this week, Thursday, March 28.
Tower Theatres was the only locally-owned, first-run theater in the region.
In the statement released via mytowertheatres.com, managing partner Kent Edwards thanked customers for their support.
"It has been a pleasure to serve your community while doing one of the most enjoyable of American pastimes; watching movies. It is this shared experience that swallows our hearts and minds and sets us free into other worlds. It is why movies will always be with us," Edwards wrote.
"We'd been facing bankruptcy over the past three years," Edwards said in a phone interview, referencing a foreclosure notice and sale the theater faced in 2010.
"We thought we had worked our way out of it, but the landlord [Marana Cinemas Associates] decided to go a different direction and asked us to move."
According to Edwards, Phoenix-based Harkins Theatres is in talks with the landlord, and should be in the space by May.
"We're disappointed that it didn't work out, but we want to thank everyone who supported us," Edwards said. "We're still going to be operating Grant Cinemas at Crossroads and Oracle View, and we hope that people will continue to support us there."