The ShowPlace Icon Theater in the Seaport District is closing permanently, the company and its landlord confirmed on Monday.
WS Development, the owner of the building at 60 Seaport Blvd., said it will be “evaluating next steps and timelines for the theatre in the near future.”
“Due to the economic impact of the pandemic and despite collaborative efforts from both WS Development and Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres to avoid such, it has been mutually agreed between both parties that Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatre will no longer operate the theatre at The Seaport,” the parties wrote in a joint statement to the Globe.
The Boston Icon theater is owned by Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, a Chicago-based cinema chain.
ShowPlace wrote in a statement posted to Twitter that while it “did everything we could to adjust to the constant challenges of the pandemic, ultimately it was not enough to remain open.” The post indicated that the theater’s closure is effective immediately.
Saddened to learn that our cherished Showplace ICON theater in Seaport has closed permanently.— The Fort Pointer (@FortPointer) March 15, 2021
Thank you, Kerasotes family and @ShowPlaceICON team, for years of work creating a wonderfully accessible, truly world class venue. pic.twitter.com/XzLPNivSOJ
As of Monday, the Boston theater location was no longer listed on the ShowPlace Icon website, and its local social media accounts appeared to have been deleted. Roughly 30 employees worked at the theater around this time last year, according to Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres.
Movie theaters have been allowed to be open in Massachusetts since July 6, but on September 25, ShowPlace Icon said it would temporarily close the Boston theater, citing the need to wait for “a meaningful and sustainable schedule of new movies.” Although at the time ShowPlace was predicting a reopening sometime in November, the space remained shuttered until the announcement of its permanent closure.
Seaport's treasured @ICON_Boston, founded and owned by Chicago-based pioneers in the movie theater business, is closing temporarily. Looking forward to a reopening, whenever possible. Thanks for all you do, Kerasotes family and ShowPlace ICON team. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/sunstAY6Nb— The Fort Pointer (@FortPointer) September 24, 2020