Cohoes offers to steal movie spotlight from Troy

October 16, 2017 06:07 PM

COHOES - When Troy's bid to bring a new movie theater to town came to an end last week, another area city saw an opportunity to steal the spotlight.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse sent a message to Bow Tie Cinemas on Monday that his city is ready to seal the deal they couldn't close in Troy.

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There used to be a movie theater in Cohoes. Ancient history to some, but perhaps the future, according to Mayor Shawn Morse - especially after seeing how Bow Tie Cinemas plans for Troy wound up on the cutting room floor.

"This is our open invitation. Bow Tie, we want you to come here to Cohoes," encouraged Mayor Shawn Morse.

When Bow Tie’s $22 million development deal with Troy went bust, Morse and company went to work creating a plan of attack to bring company execs to the Spindle City, while their interest in the region is still high.

"I am sure they are ready and anxious to move. I think they’re kind of disappointed it didn't happen, but you know what, in every dark cloud there is a silver lining. Maybe Cohoes can be that silver lining," optimized Morse.

NewsChannel 13 spoke with Bow Tie Cinemas COO Joe Masher, who explained they are indeed still interested in the region and would be happy to consider alternative proposals.

Monday is typically an off day for local businesses in Cohoes, but the owners and residents NewsChannel 13 spoke with to said they are in support of a movie theater, but are just wondering where it would go.

"If it was put in proper place, I think it could bring some vitalization to the city," surmised Sandy Arneault of Hometown Pizza.

Director of Economic and Community Development Mike Jacobson says there are at least three sites they want to discuss with Bow Tie.

"One is potentially opposite the Cohoes Music Hall, the other one is across the street from that one and then there’s another potential site on Remsen Street itself," explained Jacobson.

He and the mayor say a new theater would be an exclamation point on the redevelopment already underway in the city, including a soon to be completed $800,000 facelift to Remsen Street.

"This is just the icing on the cake. This would just be the place where you would want to have a theater," pointed out Morse.

Now this is still very preliminary. In fact, when NewsChannel 13 spoke to the mayor on Monday he still hadn't connected with Bow Tie officials yet.

Trust NewsChannel 13 to keep you posted on-air and online with any new developments.


WNYT Staff

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