Cary's Galaxy Theater faces final days

akenney@newsobserver.comNovember 7, 2012 

— The end of the Galaxy is almost here. The venerable independent movie theater ends its run with final showings on Sunday, Nov. 11, its management announced on Wednesday night.

Developer York Properties plans to replace The Galaxy Cinema and a nearby office building with a Harris Teeter super market, according to public records. The business has showed independent and foreign films at the Village Square Shopping Center for eight years, its managers said. Other theaters have stood on the same spot since the late 1970s.

News of its potential closure inspired hundreds to come to the theater or show their support on Facebook, but the developer has not yet changed course. A press release from the Galaxy praised the developer's vision, and prepared fans for a bittersweet goodbye.

"Yes, it is very difficult to close a business this popular and in demand, especially when it is the only independent theater in Cary," the release stated. "We hope that all our patrons will visit us one last time this weekend to enjoy a movie and treat themselves to the best concessions in town."

The press release by the Galaxy Cinema also alluded to the construction of two other buildings near the site, but the developer hasn't yet confirmed further plans for redevelopment of the center.

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