‘Not even a chance’: The Valley Cinema in Bakersfield is closing down for renovations
Bakersfields new Valley Cinema is closing its doors after it was forced to shut its doors to save money on renovations.
The $8.2 million, 7-screen cinema in the former East Valley was slated to open in late 2018.
But the owner said that would not be possible because of an unpaid bill for rent and the fact that the theater was in foreclosure.
The new cinema is located at 527 N.E. 4th St., just north of the Valley Cinemas site.
The owner said she was forced out by the Valley Cinema after being sued by her former tenant, who had claimed he was entitled to rent under a different lease agreement.
The former tenant said he was paying rent for the years before he was evicted and was owed $10,000.
A hearing for the lawsuit is set for Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the Valley said in a statement: “We have been working with the local attorney to resolve the situation, but due to unforeseen circumstances, we have been forced to close the venue and the tenants have been relocated to a new location.”
The Valley has more than 4,500 seats.