Cinedome 7 Closes After Three Decades

The seven-screen theater is located near NewPark Mall.

After decades of being the go-to spot for Newark residents hoping to catch the latest blockbuster flick, has closed, according to an email distributed to Cinemark subscribers

The announcement of the closure comes almost two months after the seven-screen theater, which was located near , transitioned into a discount movie theater.

The move to slash movie ticket prices at the 30-year-old Newark theater was the result of the complex in Fremont, which opened in mid-April and features 16 all-digital movie screens within its complex.

Cinedome 7 Newark employees said they could not speak on behalf of the company, but Cinemark’s website and Fandango both list the theater as “closed.” The company's vice president of marketing and communications was not immediately available for comments.

Community Development Director Terrence Grindall said Monday morning that he was not aware of the closure but that city staff "saw the writing on the wall when they opened the other theater."

But Grindall said the closure could make way for prospective projects in that area and noted that city staff plans to continue to work with the owners of the land for future developments.

"We hope it opens up opportunities for something new to happen there," Grindall said.

Newark residents are encouraged to attend a community meeting this Wednesday and share thoughts about the , which will serve as a document that outlines how the region can be revised to make it more of a central retail hub for southern Alameda County.

The greater NewPark area includes NewPark Mall and its other nearby shopping plazas, which include , the  near  and the Mowry Plaza, which houses TJ Maxx and .

Pizza and refreshments will be available during the meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the , 6800 Mowry Ave.

Cinedome 7 is located at 6000 NewPark Mall in Newark.

What do you think about the closure of Cinedome 7? Share your thoughts and your favorite memories of Cinedome 7 with us in the comments section below.


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Randy Waage August 07, 2012 at 01:06 AM
RIP Cinedome 7...I just saw Prometheus there last Friday and what a blast from the past that theater was. Felt like going back in time. It was clean and the popcorn was good. So sad that bargain theater business models can't work.
DeAnna August 07, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Should have kept it as discount theater. It allowed my family to go to the movies without breaking the bank.
Margrith Reichmuth August 07, 2012 at 04:21 AM
I would like to see a combined TJMaxx/home Goods store there
Geoff Burton August 07, 2012 at 05:30 AM
We cook at home. so what is it your trying to associate with that it's a healthy family centric activity and both my wife and I are great cooks. WalMart sucks and nobody should shop there.BTW we could can eat out whenever so inclined.
Geoff Burton August 07, 2012 at 05:45 AM
The ballot is our only recourse, but you are right about coming together, so few people show up to vote that it's easy for those in to stay in.You don't vote so you don't take an active part all you are doing is pissing and moaning.What is the alternative James, are you going to be our Fidel Castro and we can all storm City Hall in an armed rebellion. Like that would work.
Geoff Burton August 07, 2012 at 05:49 AM
I won't go to Union Landing, but the theater at Pacific Commons is really nice and anyone could see it was the final spike in Cinadome's coffin non the less I am sorry to see it go.
Geoff Burton August 07, 2012 at 05:52 AM
When I was kid I went to both the skating rink and the bowling alley, good times.
Geoff Burton August 07, 2012 at 06:03 AM
My last experience with New Park Mall was trying to find some decent clothes for my son a couple of months ago . My Little man is a growing lad and it was time to buy some new clothes for summer and what did I find, nothing but junk and I looked everywhere from Macy's on down the line , NOTHING, some retailer could have made $400 or so bucks from me, but no I had to go to Stone Ridge. No surprise Newark's Mall isn't thriving.
Geoff Burton August 07, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Here's a though, everyone who posts or has posted about what's wrong with New Park and Newark retail in general can show up prepared at the New Park public meeting on Wednesday, 7 PM at Silliman. If nothing comes of it then perhaps some of us can Blog about it and have some civic authority in our words because we are trying to contribute to change. I think the PATCH would carry our Bogs. On the other hand we can skip it sighting the view that it won't do any good and just continue to carp on about all that's wrong with Newark. I'm going to make the time to go for whatever it's worth.
Paula Clevenger August 07, 2012 at 06:33 AM
A BOOK STORE! I know that Half Price books is moving closer, but what about new books. The closest book store is in Dublin or San Jose. At least teachers like me still have Scholastic Book orders, but that doesn't have all the books kids want.
Geoff Burton August 07, 2012 at 07:09 AM
I like the bookstore coffee shop model .
Yoliees August 07, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I think they should just sell Newpark mall to the Westfield shopping mall. It seems they got it right. To bring nicer stores and restaurants to Newark where residents can spend there money instead of going elsewhere! Keep the revenue in Newark
Yoliees August 07, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I think they should just sell Newpark mall to the Westfield shopping mall. It seems they got it right. To bring nicer stores and restaurants to Newark where residents can spend there money instead of going elsewhere! Keep the revenue in Newark... It's not rocket science!!
Barney Google August 07, 2012 at 01:20 PM
EVERYONE in Newark KNOWS all you have to is TAX and that will solve everything. Well it won't solve everything but maybe we can get a second Armored Car so when the battery doesn't work on one of them for not being used.
Marcus Allen August 07, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I've lived in Newark all my life, i'm getting sick of losing Business after Business. we need to overhaul Newpark Mall and our city officals need to wake up!
Nick Hexum August 07, 2012 at 05:36 PM
What needs to happen first is we need to vote out whoever is in office first, regardless who they are or how good they think they are for the city, this will send a message that we are in control. The city inspector is a dunk-hole, he should be replaced and any city job should require employees to live in Newark, unlike John Hirschel who lives in Hayward.
Nick Hexum August 07, 2012 at 05:44 PM
That's because of the incompetent city officials. Dave Smith ran this city into the ground with no future vision for the city and Al Nagy is and will continue to do the same. It will only get worse before it gets better. The only people that seem to vote are the older people whom have been brainwashed to vote for the older candidates. I bet Al & Dave don't even have a computer. Look at the facility where SUN Microsystems use to be, Newark didn't even try to lure Facebook here. Again, no vision from these city losers. They're too busy patting their self's on the back for accomplishing nothing.
Pamela Sue Martin-Fallon August 07, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I'm so bummed!! My family just went to Cinedome 7 on Sunday afternoon; we thought, finally a discount movie house that we could all afford to go to and not break the bank.. So the movies aren't first run or have been out a few months, but you don't have the crowds of people either. I thought it was great!! But now that "happy that I found something good" feeling has been deflated with the closure of Cinedome 7. So sad...
Nika Megino (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Paula and Geoff, me too! I miss having a Borders and Barnes and Nobles nearby.
Joel Malard August 07, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Bargin theaters that do work are repertoire theaters. There is a monthly program and a different film every hour or so. They present films old classics, forgotten jewels, films that aquire new meanings in today' s light and they used recent flicks as eye candy.
James Nelson August 08, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Geoff, I think it's great that you believe in the System that has been put into place and lasted us the past half Century. Very few people like you are left, the rest of us have figured out that the Election Process is an utter sham. It doesn't matter how we Vote, the Position has been Pre-determined. We, the people can Change our Community without the need for Intervention from some Puppet Government like the one we have now. When I feel like hopping a Fence and cutting thru someones Private Property because it's quicker than going the long way around, I do it without a care in the World! Every time I ever felt like picking Trash off the Street or Painting over Graffiti I've done it without anyone's Approval. It's called taking Initiative. If everyone could find a way to Unit as one, we'd Conquer our Communities problems. I've been alive for over a Quarter Century and in that time I've seen first hand what "Playing The Game" gets us. More of the same! If Citizens of Newark really gave a damn about change, they would do what needed to be done without worrying about how it Looks or Sounds to anyone else. As long as people like you continue to put faith into the System, our Hole will only get deeper. Wake up man! Join the rest of us and say EFF Politics!
Shimadog August 08, 2012 at 01:32 AM
I demand that the City require the immediate demolition of the sucker. No vagrants, no grafitti, and not another boarded up failed business like Mervyns, Oldsmobile or Toys Are Us.
James Nelson August 08, 2012 at 01:40 AM
I took a Black Light into that Theater once... Absolutely Disgusting to see all the dried up "Special Sauce" caked on the Seats, People are freaks!
Mike August 08, 2012 at 04:10 AM
A really sad event, because Cinedome served as a perfect complement to Century Pacific Commons. Best-case example was "Battleship" and "Rock of Ages". Certainly well, well worth the $1 or $2 at Cinedome, and very enjoyable time. If we had to pay $14 each at Pacific Commons, no way. Discount prices make somewhat junky movies into great films, it's always been that way, going back to Milpitas Cinema Saver (closed around 2005) and Milpitas' Serra Theatres (closed even earlier)
Steve bales August 09, 2012 at 01:07 AM
It was bound to happen sooner or later with the whole movie industry going digital by 2013. There was no way they were going to invest in 50,000 digital projectors for that theatre.
Joel Malard August 09, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Couldn' t the owner keep that venue open throughout the Summer? I don'have t think that digital projectors made such a difference at the end. Last Sunday the parking lot seemed to me almost as used as before the new cinema opened its doors. The cinema staff once returned a wallet that I had lost in the parking lot: with every card and all its cash Could it be the rents that are forcing business out of Newpark Mall?
Albert Rubio August 09, 2012 at 08:10 AM
If you meddle in other people's property like the Mall, it only encourages the city planners that they are doing something useful and needed when they are not. Businesses can run themselves. Leave the Mall to the owners. If they cannot manage, they will sell to someone who believes they can, provided the city does not meddle in their affairs.
Vanji Unruh August 09, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I am so sad. We had stopped going to movies, the cost was outrageuos, until we discovered the Newark Cinedome was anywhere between 75 cents and $2.50 for a movie. Since then, we even did double features...what fun. My daughter and I are very sad at this little theater's closing. Back to Netflix!
Collee Shoulders August 13, 2012 at 03:48 PM
There goes my $.75 movie Mondays with my sons! We looked forward to the movies every Monday. I am sad...ugh!
Sarah February 09, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Make a bigger movie theater where the old theater was it would be nice too see old movies but it is too bad it closed for business cause I used to work for the movie theater for 11 months back in 2002 to 2003


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