Movies On Central Closes Without Warning

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

It's lights out for the Valley's longest-running movie rental place catering to the gay and lesbian community. Movies On Central, which has offered a variety of indie, cult, and special interest flicks since 1995 (and won six New Times Best of Phoenix awards), is gone.

Doug Klinge, who owns the shop Unique on Central in the same plaza, says his employees called him last Thursday night to tell him there was a big U-Haul truck in front of Movies On Central. He says he arrived at Unique early on Friday to try and talk to Movies On Central proprietor Robert Foster, but by the time he finished with early-morning customers, the U-Haul, Foster, and Movies On Central were gone.

"Since then, I've had 10 to 20 customers a day ask what happened to Movies On Central," Klinge says.

And Klinge doesn't know. He says the owner of the property (Xavier Square retail center) told him they can't discuss the situation at all, and Klinge hasn't had a chance to talk with Foster yet.

We've left messages for both Robert Foster and the owners of the shopping center. We'll post more information as it becomes available.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.