Sparks theater closing this week after 18 years of movies
Century Sparks and XD theater is closing this week, according to signs on the windows. Cinemark, the corporate owner of Century, did not return requests for comment.
The Sparks Theater opened in downtown Sparks in mid-1998, almost two years later than anticipated, according to RGJ archives. When the theater first opened, it brought back the "Titanic" and other big films.
The theater cost $8 million to build and was the first theater built in the region since Century Reno 11, 32 years prior. Ticket prices were $7.50 at the time. Century Park Lane 16 opened later that year and Century Riverside 12 opened in late 1999.
At the time, Mayor Bruce Breslow said: "This is a huge weekend for Sparks — the beginning of a glimpse of our future. There's a lot of excitement yet to come," according to RGJ archives.
Northern Nevada's first Galaxy IMAX Luxury+ Theater opened at the Outlets at Sparks in 2014.
Without comment from Cinemark, who also own the building and land under Syufy Enterprises, it's unclear what will happen to the almost 58,000 square foot building and 1.4 acre lot next.