PARKCHESTER - Members of the Parkchester community are hoping to save a neighborhood movie theater and turn it into a landmark. 

The Parkchester movie theater, which opened in the 1940s, closed its doors in September. The Bronx chapter of the National Action Network says its district leader in Parkchester, William Rivera, has requested a sit-down meeting with Bow Tie Theaters, the company that managed the 74-year-old theater and decided to close it and lease the space out.

Michelle Alleyne, of the National Action Network, says the group has a petition with more than 1,000 signatures gathered online and on paper to keep the theater open. Alleyne says the group has also started talking to the Landmark Preservation Commission.

Residents say they want the movie theater reopened, because now they have to go to travel much further to see films.