RUTLAND - A farewell message on the marquee of Movieplex-9 in Rutland shocked movie goers this week: the last cinema in Rutland has closed its doors. Reason: business debt and unpaid taxes.
With Movieplex-9 closed, the nearest movie theater for Rutland popcorn lovers is Middlebury or Woodstock, both a 45-minute drive from the city. Movieplex 9 is located in the popular Wal-Mart shopping center downtown.
Whoever buys the Movieplex-9 business will have to settle some of its debts.
The Rutland treasurer's office hasn't received payments for the city's rooms, meals and entertainment tax since April 2009.
The state tax department also placed a $51,972 lien on the downtown movie theater for unpaid sales and use taxes.