Best Change of Ownership

The Hippodrome

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Back in April, Terrace Hippodrome owner Michael Furlinger began ominously tweeting about the demise of his downtown movie theater. There were no official statements, just tweets. At the time, Furlinger told the City Paper via e-mail that the venue was losing $10,000 a month and would be closed by September. But when fall came around, the Hippodrome was still open. In November, Furlinger once again took to Twitter to announce that Tron: Legacy would be the last film the theater would play. This time, Furlinger's warning came true, but fortunately for Charlestonians, it wasn't so much a closure as a change of hands. The theater is now owned by Lonnie Knight and Akim Anastopoulo and has been rebranded as the Hippodrome Widescreen Cinema and Performing Arts Center. They're still showing movies, but now they're also hosting parties, comedians, and more.

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