ITHACA, N.Y.—Longtime Cinemapolis Executive Director Brett Bossard has announced he will be leaving the independent movie theater during this month.

The announcement was made in a press release Friday morning. Bossard will be taking a job with Ithaca College as the Executive Director of Alumni and Family Engagement.

“After nine years at the helm, and seeing the theater through the dark days of the COVID closure, it will be hard to say goodbye to Cinemapolis,” Bossard said. “But I’m confident that the staff and board will lead the cinema to even brighter days ahead. I’m not going far, so I will surely still see the Cinemapolis family as a patron at Central New York’s premier art house.”

Bossard’s last day will be Friday, September 16. A well-known community figure, Bossard leaves after several years at the helm of the theater, including the last two and a half steering it through the COVID-19 pandemic and the Green Street Garage redevelopment, both of which threatened Cinemapolis’ business and survival.

The theater’s announcement stated that its board has initiated a search for a new executive director. Bossard has been leading the theater 2013.

Matt Butler

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