30 years of The Spectrum

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Good movies -- and your feet don't stick to the floor.

The Spectrum is celebrating its 30th anniversary of operation this Sunday. And they're giving away free popcorn to people attending movies that day (real butter!).

A little bit about the history of the Spectrum, from a press release:

In 1980, Scott Meyer, Annette Nanes, Keith Pickard, and Sugi Pickard acquired and renovated the Third Street Theatre in Rensselaer, NY to program repertory cinema. In 1983 they bought the former Delaware Theater on Delaware Ave. in Albany and eventually expanded their programming and the number of screens to 8. In 2005, The Ultraviolet Café, serving fair trade coffee and teas, smoothies, paninis, and soups was added next door. The four partners still operate the Spectrum.

Delaware Ave is looking really good these days -- thanks to the reconstruction, but also because of a bunch of new (and good) businesses along there. It'd be hard to imagine all that development without the Spectrum anchoring that stretch.


Oh yay!

I was planning on going to see 'Never Let Me Go' for a second viewing on Sunday anyway :D I can't get enough of sad clones in sweaters and wellies.

Happy Birthday Spectrum!

banana bread + movie = my heaven

Don't forget that the 10-movie pass for $72.50 is a totally great gift for some couple on your Christmas list.


I think I saw the last film shown at the Third Street Theatre, a James Bond film. I think it was "You Only Live Twice".

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