GLENVILLE — Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle knows that if Scotia Cinema was to ever close, it wouldn’t just be tough for movie-goers.
It would be a “dagger to the heart of Mohawk Avenue.”
Last week, he saw the local independent theater — one of very few in the area — offering takeout popcorn to raise money while it remains closed during the pandemic. That’s when he knew the town had to get involved in some way.
“I started chatting with the owner, Rich Adams,” Koetzle said. “It just came to me. I thought, there’s got to be something we can do. We can’t just let this continue the way it is.”
So, to raise additional funds, they’re bringing the movies outdoors.
From Sept. 3-6, Scotia Cinema is teaming up with the Empire State Aerosciences Museum to hold socially distant showings of Pixar’s Onward on ESAM’s property. Each showing — with gates opening at 7 p.m. — will be limited to 50 people. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs for the film projection.
“There’s no replacement for opening the theater itself,” Adams said. “But we’re happy to show a movie to people, have our name attached to it and hopefully it goes over well. [Koetzle] is very confident that we can have some good business.”
Koetzle said he’s excited to see the community’s response to the events, which he’s hoping will sell out.
“If they can’t make the movie, they can donate and give an extra $5 or $10 to the cause,” Koetzle said. “I’m hoping this can be the bridge to get us to them reopening shortly.”
Before then, Adams has one request for those thinking of coming.
“Keep us in mind. Hopefully we can open the actual theatres shortly. That’s our hope.”