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Silver screen pitched in Spa City

Developer submits plans for Railroad Place movie theater

Downtown Saratoga Springs already has ample parking for a theater, should one be built.  Broadway makes parking and getting to Railroad Place - where a proposed theater is slated to go - appealing and accessible by many.

Downtown Saratoga Springs already has ample parking for a theater, should one be built. Broadway makes parking and getting to Railroad Place - where a proposed theater is slated to go - appealing and accessible by many. Photo by Julie Cushine-Rigg.

— Valentine added that such a project would help to fill vacant buildings and said the distance from Broadway makes the theater a “natural fit”.

President of the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau Todd Garofano is also in favor of Bonacio’s project and said it would be a big draw for visitors and in turn support the convention industry by way of events such as film festivals. He added the city hosted 378,000 visitors last year, based on hotel rooms occupancy, which represents a 6.8 percent increase over 2010levels.

“A movie theater would be one more year-round attraction for visitors to go to,” said Garofano.

Maynard said in addition to on street, municipal lots and the new city parking garage, Adirondack Trust Bank has also pledged use of its parking lot for theater patrons. To provide for even more pedestrian accessibility, Maynard said that Bonacio has put $15,000 into an escrow account for construction of pedestrian-friendly connections along Church Street and Railroad Place. As for the theater itself, the plans call for innovative features.

“The project is integrating a green roof which has been proposed and approved. … It won’t be publically accessible, but will be to office workers,” said Maynard.

She also said the roof would be the first of its kind for the city and would likely be a courtyard type of layout with plantings and be able to take on and treat storm water.

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