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Cameras Begin Rolling As Downtown's Metropolis Books Begins Closing

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The end is near for downtown's Metropolis Book Store, a pioneer on Main Street when it opened in 2006, that will finish its last chapter at the end of this month.

Don't blame Kindle and Amazon for this bookstore shuttering — owner Julie Swayze said she's closing the store to focus on caring for a sick family member.

But her customers and locals are already grieving the loss of a hang-out in a neighborhood that's radically changed since she moved in five years ago.

When NBC LA showed up with its camera crews, it caught a tearful customer and a mournful business neighbor, who sounded like she was already grieving

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There will be more where that came from. Swayze has switched on her camera to document the final month at Metropolis:

Also, because we would love to keep memories of this event, we are shooting a documentary of our final days. Drop by and become part of the story. You never know; it just might turn up at a film festival near you! Working title - 30 days to the End, the Closing of Metropolis.