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Garden Cinemas back in business

GREENFIELD — The county’s only multi-screen movie theater has reopened after a water leak plunged it into darkness for more than two weeks.

Greenfield Garden Cinemas opened in time for the long-anticipated premiere of “Labor Day,” which was filmed in Shelburne Falls in 2012.

The theater’s main electrical panel was damaged on Jan. 13, when a frozen, cracked sprinkler pipe in an unheated, unused portion of the building thawed out and leaked. When the pipe began to leak, it triggered the dry sprinkler system, opening a water valve and flooding the area.

The damage did not extend to the theaters, lobby or other in-use parts of the building and projection equipment was not affected.

Electrical service to other businesses in the building was largely uninterrupted and power was rerouted to the storefronts the same day.

Garden Cinemas owner George Gohl said the theater is insured for the damages and for the business lost during repairs.

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