Troy movie plan on cutting room floor

October 13, 2017 11:46 PM

TROY - Troy officials remain steadfast their city is still "a hub of economic growth and vibrancy that's unmatched in the Capital Region", even if the curtain never comes up on a Bow Tie Cinemas movie screen.

"Unfortunately this is a movie that we've seen many times before in the city of Troy," says Collar City businessman Vic Christopher. "We have a lot of great restaurants, great retail shoppes, and  walk-ability, and a movie theater centrally located would have helped those businesses so I think people are feeling deflated today."

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Mayor Patrick Madden issued a statement saying he "is deeply disappointed with the lost opportunity to construct a world class cinema in the Collar City."

The mayor said the Bow Tie agreement came undone because of ongoing legal actions brought by a neighboring property owner.

Meanwhile, City Council President Carmela Mantello said she was "concerned from the outset that there were various impediments for this project to come to fruition. I was hopeful that these impediments could be overcome."

"Things that happen normally literally everywhere else become supremely complicated in the city of Troy," Christopher opines. "It's just the general skepticism, I think, and attitude. People don't like change."

He's right about the skepticism.

"They had the Uncle Sam Mall, six theaters there," Gary Pivoda, of Latham, pointed out, "What did that last?"

"They have the farmer's market," Troy resident Josephine Gasparro noted, "I'd like to see that rather than a tall building by the river."

"It's dead at this point," Christopher said, "I would say the future of Monument Square does not look good."


Dan Levy

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