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April 25, 2014 (San Diego)--The Show will go on at the Ken Cinema.

Landmark Theaters had announced it would shut down the single-screen movie theater in Kensington on April 27, due to failure to negotiate a long-term lease with the property owners, the Berkun Trust. The theater is one of only about a thousand single-screen theaters left in the U.S.,  and only one of three remaining in San Diego County.

But now after fans took to the Twittersphere and other social medial to protest the theater’s demise, a deal has been reached that will enable the theater, which specializes in arts films, to stay open for years to come. 

This weekend, a film festival planned to mark the end of the cinema will  instead become a celebration to thank the theater’s patrons, with showings of Seven Samurai,  a midnight viewing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Lawerence of Arabia and Singin’ in the Rain.

Landmark will upgrade the theater with a digital projection system and in turn, will receive a long-term lease. The theater will close briefly for a few days during the upgrade, reopening  on May 2, much to the delight of its audience.