Stars with local ties to be honored at Proctors

A star-studded event is planned for September in Schenectady as Proctors Theatre plans to open the Capital Region Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame, which will feature a biography and photo of the inductee, will be located in an area known as 'Robb Alley' in Proctors' newly expanded facility.

A grand opening celebration will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, in conjunction with the 2008-09 season opening of Proctors.

Judy Decker, special events manager for Proctors, said the opening of the Hall of Fame will be gradual, but eventually Proctors would like to add interactive features to the inductees' displays, as the technology becomes available.

The Hall of Fame will honor seven individuals and corporations for their lasting impact on the entertainment industry and their contributions to the Capital District during a black tie gala featuring cocktails, dinner, dessert and dancing in the newly expanded theatre at 432 State St., Schenectady.

John Sayles, an award-winning independent filmmaker, was the first inductee to the Hall of Fame in 2006. He will be formally honored at the gala for his achievements. Sayles, who lived in Schenectady and graduated from Schenectady High School, premiered his most recent movie, Silver City, at Proctors in September 2004.

This year, the Hall of Fame with induct five individuals and two corporations.

Of this year's five individuals, three are recognized for their achievements as actors and two are known for their contributions to Capital District residents.

Actors Kirk Douglas, originally from Amsterdam; Monty Woolley, of Saratoga Springs; and Maureen Stapleton, from Troy, will all be honored during the event.

Stapleton and Douglas' families still live in the area and plan to attend the event, according to Decker.

Marilyn Gordon, Douglas' niece said, "It's such a great tribute that his hometown region would like to honor him and his lifetime achievements in this way."

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