Northwood Cinema Grill, which combined pizza and movies, is closing after 22 years, a victim of film release delays and limits on dine-in services, both caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The movie theater-restaurant in Northwood Plaza at 6069 Stellhorn Road made the announcement Dec. 29. It closed off and on throughout the year and last closed in late October, awaiting Thanksgiving new releases that never materialized. It showed kid-friendly and R-rate movies. Patrons would purchase movie tickets 30 minutes before a show and had the option of buying quick fare that included Buffalo wings, quesadillas and mozzarella sticks, as well as popcorn.
“It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the permanent closing of Northwood Cinema Grill,” it announced on its Facebook page. “When we opened in November of 1998 we never could have imagined we would meet as many wonderful people, both customers and staff, that we have. You have all brought so much joy to our family’s lives and allowed us to grow a very successful business for many years. Unfortunately, the restrictions on restaurants still in place combined with the movie (studios) either delaying numerous releases to later in 2021 or releasing them to streaming platforms directly make our current business model unstable.”
Cinema Grill is a chain that started in Orlando, Florida, in 1975. It has one other Indiana location in Indianapolis, along with 14 other states, according to its website.