Jeremy Welman, chief operating officer of Cobb Theatres, confirmed Tuesday that Cobb Movies 4 will be shutting its doors at the close of business on Labor Day, Sept. 2.
“The lease is expiring, and we have chosen not to renew,” Welman said.
According to the company’s website, Jasper, Tuscaloosa and Gulf Shores are the only cities in the state that has a Cobb Theatre. Most of its 21 locations are in Florida, with one each in Colorado and Georgia and three in Virginia.
Cobb Movies 4 is the only theatre within the company closing at this time.
“As each theatre ends its lease term, we evaluate it financially and see if it makes sense to renew. Unfortunately in this case, it did not,” Welman said.
The first Cobb theatre opened in 1921 in Fayette. The company’s headquarters is now in Birmingham.
Cobb Theatres has operated the local movie house for most of its years since it opened in 1983.
Regal Entertainment acquired the location in 1997 in a $200 million merger with Cobb.
Cobb took over operations again within several years of Cobb Theatres III, LLC being formed in 2000.
The building belongs to Don H. Kilgore Realtors.
“We’ve had a good run, and it was a hard decision,” Welman said.
In a 2005 Daily Mountain Eagle article, general manager Terry Butler said the theatre primarily catered to children and families.
“I call this a hometown theater. You know people by their first name,” he said.
The final line-up at Cobb Movies 4 includes “You’re Next,” “The Butler,” “Planes” and “2 Guns.”
Welman said he did not anticipate the theatre hosting any special showings or other promotions on its last day in business.
“Unfortunately, I think it will go out with very little fanfare,” he said.