Rumored Sunset at Old Hyde Park Theater

posted by willsanders on May 11, 2006 at 7:08 am

TAMPA, FL — Tampa newspapers and local television stations are having a frenzy with rumors of Sunrise Cinemas at Old Hyde Park closing its doors.

Wasserman Vornado Strategic Real Estate Fund LLC is buying most of the Old Hyde Park Shopping Mall and turning it in to condominiums. Just what the world needs… more condos.

The rumors are getting a little over blown, but needless to say it is still a concern. The area has been contacting Old Hyde Park in efforts to stop them from selling the theater and shops. The theater means a lot to people in the area. Some say they purchased homes with the added thought that they could walk to see a film.

The theater is an asset to Old Hyde Park. Sunrise presents not only independent and foreign films, but also first run films as well. With The Wine Exchange (a little beverage cafe) next door and the patio setting area being in front of the box office, the theater does very well and would not be closing if not for being purchased for condominiums.

If you live in the Tampa area or are a patron of the theater or shops, please contact either Old Hyde Park Mall Management Wasserman Vornado Strategic Real Estate Fund LLC to urge them to rethink their plans.

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