Piper's Alley Movie Theater to Close its Doors After 20 years
By Steven Pate in Arts & Entertainment on May 26, 2011 3:40PM
The Piper's Alley facade incorporated pieces of the Louis Sullivan-designed Garrick Theatre.
Despite a perpetually moribund vibe and a space somewhat past its prime, Piper's Alley remained consistent as a centrally-located venue for independent, art house and foreign cinema that gets squeezed out of the bigger Loews-AMC locations. The theater's very last films slated are Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre at 7:10 pm, The Conspirator at 7:30 pm, the Ed Helms/Rob Courddry comedic vehicle Cedar Rapids at 7:35 pm and documentary I Am at 7:45 pm.
We've seen so many great movies at Piper's Alley that it's hard to pick a favorite memory from the place, but we'll never forget watching The Blair Witch Project there, if only for the zombie-like demeanor of the spooked crowd filing out down those elevators together. We'll miss the theater, and the city will miss having those screens, but we hold out hope that a new tenant might make a fresh start at the location.