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State money for projectors at movie theaters

By Jill Terreri

While the Buffalo Common Council on Tuesday found out that it wouldn't be able to set aside city capital funds for downtown's only movie theater, New York state taxpayers will pitch in about $860,000 for similiar upgrades in at least 15 theaters all over the state, including North Tonawanda, Rochester, Binghamton, Jamestown, Little Falls, and even New York City.

The Regional Economic Development awards were announced today in Albany. It's not an accident there were so many awards for digital conversion projects. The state has a whole program to assist theaters in upgrading their equipment. 

The following state grants were awarded to at least partially fund digital projection conversion:

  • Reg Lenna Civic Center, Jamestown, $75,000.
  • Riveria Theatre, North Tonawanda, $42,343.
  • The Little Theatre, an independent movie theater in downtown Rochester, $77,612. 
  • Art Mission and Theater, an independent theater in downtown Binghamton, $52,904. 
  • Valley Cinema, Little Falls, Herkimer County, $25,000.
  • Rome, $100,000.
  • Strand Theatre, Plattsburgh, $78,000.
  • Hollywood Cinema, Au Sable Forks, Essex County, $70,000.
  • Palace Performing Arts Center, Albany, $76,500. 
  • Saratoga Film Forum, Saratoga, $23,000.
  • Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls, $17,000. 
  • Catskill Mountain Foundation, Greene County, $65,250. 
  • Anthology Film Archives, Manhattan, $62,660. 
  • French Institute, Manhattan, $70,000. 
  • Plaza MAC, Long Island, $25,500. 

A complete list of projects is here

 The Common Council had wanted to set aside $250,000 in the city's 2014 capital budget to pay part of the $420,000 cost for new digital projectors at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre on Main Street. The city's Law Department found that because the city does not own the building, the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency does, the city could not spend money to improve it. 


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