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AMC in Chambersburg Mall to Close

The AMC Classic Movie Theater at the Chambersburg Mall will be closing after its showtimes on the 16th. The Chambersburg Mall has provided movie entertainment to the area since 1984.

At the current time, there do not appear to be plans to relocate the theater.

The Chambersburg Mall

Originally built in 1982 and underwent several expansions and renovations over the years. The mall was once a bustling hub for shopping and entertainment, with anchor stores such as JCPenney, Sears, and Bon-Ton, as well as a movie theater and numerous smaller retailers.

However, like many malls across the United States, the Chambersburg Mall began to experience declining foot traffic and store closures in the early 2000s. Several of its anchor stores, including Sears and Bon-Ton, closed their doors in the 2010s, leaving the mall with few major retailers.

Presently, only Black Rose Antiques and AMC remain.


Timothy S. Barrick 1959-2024

Born June 13, 1959 in Carlisle, Tim was a milk truck driver, and was the owner operator of Timothy S. Barrick Inc., of Newville. 

Betty Lou Raukko 1946-2024

Betty was a self-employed artist and poet.  A Quaker-Methodist, she was known as the “Bonnet Lady.”   She is remembered as a loving, kind, happy person.

John E. Coffin 1939-2024

John was a self-employed house painter for most of his career, but later he worked at Gettysburg College in the grounds keeping department.

Ruby LaVern Seville 1940-2024

Ruby was a homemaker most of her life, but did work at the Sagner Company, as well as Johnnies Diner, and for the McConnellsburg School District in the Cafeteria.

Joseph Irvin Sharar 1930-2024

Joseph was a 1949 graduate of Mercersburg High School. A US Marine Corps veteran, he served honorably during the Korean War.

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