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Art Mission and Theater to close

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Art Mission and Theater's board of directors announced Thursday that the program is shutting down, less than a week after the Cider Mill Playhouse announced its future closure.

The nonprofit organization, located at 61 Prospect Avenue in Binghamton, opened in 2007. The program itself is 20 years old. 

The theater exhibited independent films and other pieces of artwork from both regional and national artists. Those in charge of the theater said the causes leading up to the board's decision to close all came down to funding.

"It's based on demand. It's gone down probably due to more streaming from home and it's just not financially feasible based on demand," said the program's Executive Director, Rebecca Sheriff.

So, what are the next steps for this business?

"I'm hoping that another organization will do some film programming. I think that will be the most appropriate thing for the community to still have access to view independent films in a communal setting," said Sheriff.

While some are worried about the decline of the arts in the Southern Tier community, others are remaining hopeful.

"I don't think sad is the best way to describe the way I feel right now. I think it's optimism," said the founder of Art Mission and owner of the building, Maggie Martin.

Officials said the theater's last show will be Friday night.

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