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Pearl 8 to close Monday

Closure will mark official end to Schuylkill Mall

FRACKVILLE — A cool draft of air flowed through the last remaining public walkway that leads to Pearl Theatre Stadium 8 inside the Schuykill Mall on Sunday.

Subtile music could be heard coming from speakers behind a security gate in a vacant corridor that once led to more than 30 business, including anchor stores such as Boscovs and Sears. As the lone remaining tenant, the theatre has been closed-off from the rest of the shopping center that will soon go the way of the wrecking ball. 

On Monday the mall will officially become extinct after some 37 years when Pearl 8, too, will shutter its doors. A representative of the theatre announced Tuesday via Facebook that despite their best efforts to stay open, it will be the last day of business.

It will be the last in a string of closures since NorthPoint Development LLC, Riverside, Missouri, bought the property for $2.1 million in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy auction last January. Dunham’s Sports, which had been the last store, closed Dec. 31.

“As our time comes to a sad and unfortunate close, here at Pearl we want to thank each and every one of you for all your support and love throughout the years,” Pearl posted. “We look forward to seeing everyone one last time!”

Pearl stated that despite finding several locations that were determined ideal for a new location, securing a “few million” dollars to build a new theatre has become a concern. People are “encouraged” to use loyalty points, gift cards and movie passes.

Peal announced that concession and alcohol sales will take place from Saturday through Monday. Posters laid out in the lobby will also be “up for grabs.”

Seats and other items will be offered for sale between Jan. 17 and 30.

NorthPoint Development plans to construct an 889,000-square-foot building and a 322,000-square-foot building at the site. No tenants have been announced. A demolition permit was issued last month by New Castle Township.

A 10-year tax break has been signed off by New Castle Township, Saint Clair Area School District and Schuylkill County Commissioners. The Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance allows for a 50 percent tax abatement for a period of 10 years from local real estate taxes, which would only be placed on the new value added to the property.