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Movies return to Palace Theatre

"This is an underserved genre," Allen said of the classics that will be shown. Add to that the atmosphere of the Palace and being in downtown Albany, and Allen said it's a combination not to be missed.

"The screen is the size of the stage, which is one of the biggest in the Capital District," Allen said. "The screen adjusts based on the film. We also have new seats, and you won't find this much leg room or comfort in mall cinemas. It's really an elegant atmosphere."

At a very affordable price, too. Admission for adults is $5; $3 for children.

"Our concessions are very reasonable," Allen said. "For $20, two adults and two children can go to the movies, and get popcorn to go with it."

Those reasonable prices could leave a family with some leftover money to enjoy the area around the Palace Theater.

"The Pearl Street area is blossoming," Allen said. "There are a lot of places to eat, ranging from McDonald's , to a sports bar, to a pricey steak house. There are a lot of garages in the area to park in, and street parking is free on the weekends. The area is safe."

Going to movies at the Palace has become a tradition that people are happy to keep alive, Allen said.

"When we showed 'Gone with the Wind" this fall, a woman was there with her daughter and granddaughter," Allen said. "She had first seen the movie at The Palace with her mother and grandmother, and a wanted to continue the tradition."

She wasn't alone. Allen said a pre-Christmas screening of "it's a wonderful life" drew thousands to the theater.

The Palace Theatre is located at 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. The phone number is 465-3335. For complete information about the movies to be shown, visit the Web site, www.palacealbany.com.""

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