Anchorage's Fireweed Theatre closing Sunday

Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2010

ANCHORAGE - After 45 years, the Fireweed Theatre in Anchorage is closing following Sunday's shows.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the closure is connected to the opening of the new Regal Stadium 16 at the Tikahtnu Commons mall. The complex has 16 screens, including an IMAX and five equipped to show 3D films. Preview events start Monday and the grand opening is next Friday.

The Fireweed Theatre was the largest in Alaska when it opened in 1965, with seats for more than 1,500 viewers. It has since been largely rebuilt. The drive-in theater next to it hosted national rock acts like Savoy Brown, Kiss and Rare Earth in the 1970s. It's now a rental storage unit site.

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