Dobie Theater closes

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by STEVE ALBERTS / KVUE News

kvue.com

Posted on August 22, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 23 at 10:22 AM

Austin just got a little less weird. Sunday was last call at the Dobie Theater, where patrons were buying up t-shirts to remember the place.

“The place has character, whether it's the best theater around or not,” said Bert Muthalaly. “I really like the idea that the theater shows films that no one else does.”

“I think it's bad that it's closing,” said Emily Griffin

For more than 40 years movie goers have been coming to the Dobie Theater. It was known as a four-screen arthouse that featured foreign, independent and local films. The theater is also known for its unique set up and themed auditoriums.

“I think the fact that this theater stayed in business so long is a good indicator of what Austin is all about,” said Muthalaly

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dobie Theater became the epicenter of Austin's indie film scene when filmmaker Richard Linklater showed his film, Slacker.

Later his film Dazed and Confused was exclusively shown at Dobie.

Landmark, which owns Dobie Theater, announced in March, it was not renewing its lease.

The news of the theater closing brought out many fans.

“I had really great memories  of this place,” said Jose Deloern.

For others it was a rite of passage.

“I had my first date here, and I remember what I wore,” said Sam Zelade.

No word so far on what will take the Dobie's place -- although the landlord has considered finding a new operator.
 

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