Local movie theater shut down following health code violations

The decision to shut the theater down came after they failed inspections by the health department.

Posted: Feb 4, 2018 9:17 PM
Updated: Feb 5, 2018 8:48 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The doors of Apollo Coventry 13 movie theater are locked tight, and red signs on the outside say no one's allowed to enter. That's because the health department shut them down this week, and residents in the area say they're not surprised.

"I've read on Facebook, social media that people have said it's pretty horrible and nasty inside, so I just decided it's better not to go there," said Eric Bair.

Health Department requirements to meet

1. Remove all pest droppings from the establishment.
2. Contact pest control provider.
3. Seal all exterior doors.
4. Remove all food debris and garbage from the establishment (i.e. behind theater screens, below chairs, behind equipment, etc.)
5. Remove all unnecessary items from the establishment (i.e. unused theater chairs, unused equipment, boxes, etc.).
6. Repair all roof leaks.
7. Remove popcorn debris and oil from below the popcorn machine.
8. Clean and sanitize the men's restroom.
9. Clean ventilation hood system above popcorn machine.
10. Replace all broken light fixtures in the food preparation and storage areas.
11. Replace floor tiles below the ice machine in the kitchen area.
12. Clean and unblock all hand sinks and the three compartment sink.
13. Repair all poor plumbing in the establishment (i.e. hand sinks in the restrooms, urinals, etc.)
14. Remove moldy chairs from the “black light” theater.

Bair lives just around the corner from the theater. The decision to shut the theater down came after they failed inspections by the health department.

An inspection report said, "After our Department's administration reviewed the photos from each of the 8 recent visits as well as all inspection reports showing no progress or efforts to comply with the orders given, the decision has been made to close the facility to protect the health of the public."

For people like Jennifer Salisbury, the closing came as a bit of a disappointment.

"I'm sad to hear that they shut this place down and it wasn't nice and clean," Salisbury said.

She's been thinking of taking her daughter to see her first movie, but now that the theater across the road is closed, she plans to go elsewhere.

"I would probably take her in the next month. I would go down to Jefferson Point," Salisbury said.

If Coventry 13 can make repairs, clean the theaters, and fix the pest problem, residents said they might consider giving it a shot.

"It's close to home, you know, so why not?" Bair said.

WFFT tried to reach out to Coventry 13, but we have not heard anything back. They'll be able to reopen after they meet the requirements of the health department.

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