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A Cinematic Tribute to the Cumberland Four

A local filmmaker pays homage to the fallen multiplex.

When the Cumberland Four Cinemas closed down for good on Sunday with very little fanfare and almost no warning (apparently to make way for an upscale coffee retailer) it seemed an ignominious end for a multiplex that has served Yorkville for more than three decades. Some have tried to eulogize the place, but none so eloquently as the maker of this film tribute, embedded above. Vimeo user Bronson Allen—who says, in the video description, that the Cumberland is his “former employer and lover”—has captured the spirit of the art-house theatre in a pretty hilarious mash-up/pastiche of French New Wave and Hollywood-movie-trailer bombast. Get some popcorn and enjoy.

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