Bee Movie Theater to close after nearly 100 years
Posted On July 1, 2021
Bee Movie Theatre will close after almost 100 years.
The theater, a former church, is expected to be razed to the ground on Saturday, after a fire that burned through the building over the weekend.
The theater was built in 1929 and is one of the few remaining churches in a predominantly African-American community.
The fire, which started at 2:45 a.m.
Saturday, is believed to have started in the back of the theater.
It caused extensive damage and is now under investigation.
Bee Movie Theater was built as a meeting place for African Americans, but has been a fixture in the community since the 1940s.
It opened as a church in 1926, and the building was converted into a theater in 1963.
Bee Movie theater is a popular gathering spot for African-Americans in the city, and has been the site of multiple church fire incidents in recent years.
It also serves as a sanctuary for the homeless.
Bee Film and Television Company is the parent company of AMC, the largest movie theater chain in the United States.
AMC owns and operates the AMC Hollywood and AMC New York City Movie theatres.