The Pleasant Street Theater, the last remaining first-run movie theater in downtown Northampton, announced Friday that it will close its doors for good on June 8th.The Pleasant Street has been a pr
Northampton, Massachusetts’ only theater for first-run movies will close within the next two months. The sale of the Pleasant Street Theater building comes just months after the nearby Academy of Music stopped showing first-run movies. This is a blow, says Penny Burke, Executive Director of the Northampton Center for the Arts. Burke says for a city that prides itself on its arts offerings, Northampton needs to think hard about the health of its arts economy. She says residents and the mayor need to invest in the long-term financial health of the city’s arts scene.