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$22 million plan for Troy cinema draws mixed reactions

July 26, 2017 11:52 PM

TROY - A sprawling 11-screen movie theater with luxury seating, food and alcohol is what developers have planned for the new Bow Tie Cinema in downtown Troy.

“I trust implicitly that Bow Tie Cinema is about as good as it gets,” business owner Vic Christopher of Clark House Hospitality told a public crowd at City Hall Wednesday evening.

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Local business owners like Christopher are excited about the revenue the $22-million dollar project could bring to the city.

"If 10,000 people go to the movies in Troy and each one of those people spends 25 bucks in our downtown businesses that's $250,000 a week, it's $1 million dollars a month in revenue,” Christopher said.

Sounds good right?

Not if you ask some residents who attended the public hearing with the city's planning commission.

“It kind of looks like a big monstrosity,” said Troy resident Nancy McGrath. “I mean 11 theaters.”

Bonacio Construction is planning to build the theater at 1 Monument Square along the Hudson River where City Hall used to be.

After seeing images of the proposed project, McGrath said it is too big and does not match Troy's historical architecture.

“Something that's a little bit smaller in scale and that at least from the river view front, something that is a bit more ornate in keeping with the Victorian feel of Troy,” McGrath said.  

“I don't think that anyone is opposed to having a movie theater or the opportunities that a movie theater does bring to this region,” said Troy resident Donna Xu.

However, some are concerned about the environmental impact the project could have on the Hudson River.

“I'm here to advocate for the Hudson River. Not one person here has uttered those words.”

Others like Donna Xu are not crazy about overall design.

“Think outside the box, reinvent what movie theater could be and I think that could benefit everyone in the end,” Xu said.

Pleasing everyone will be nothing short of a challenge.

"There are certain people that were never be pleased," Christopher said. "If they wanted to put the Statue of Liberty in Troy there would be people saying the torch should be in the left hand not the right hand."

Bonacio construction is expected to start building the theater sometime this year. They are hoping to finish in time for the 2018 holiday season. 

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