Bow Tie Cinemas, a movie theater company with a cinema in downtown Schenectady, will open another this fall in Wilton Mall.
The new theater will replace the eight-screen Regal Cinemas in the mall that will close Feb. 18, Bow Tie officials said Wednesday.
Bow Tie is also building an 11-screen theater in a former Price Chopper supermarket at Church Street and Railroad Place in downtown Saratoga Springs that is scheduled to open in July, according to a company official.
Regal Cinemas announced this week it will close its theater in the Wilton Mall in less than two weeks. The company is also planning to close its theater in the Latham Circle Mall on Feb. 18.
Todd Shimkus, president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday he sees no problem in having the two Bow Tie Cinemas located only about five miles apart.
“I am certainly glad we are not going to lose the movie theater in the Wilton Mall,” Shimkus said after Bow Tie Cinemas announced its move.
Mike Shaffer, property manager at the Wilton Mall, said Bow Tie will “rebuild the entire space” in the mall before opening. Company officials said Bow Tie’s new theater will include the following features and amenities:
• Stadium seating, with leather rocking chairs throughout.
• A BTX (Bow Tie Xtreme) large format auditorium with a 2,000-square-foot screen and 18,000 watts of Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound.
• Concessions and gourmet offerings.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Bow Tie Cinemas’ exceptional design, presentation and customer service to the vibrant, exciting environment offered by the Wilton Mall,” said Ben Moss, owner of Bow Tie Cinemas.
Bow Tie’s chief operating officer, Joe Masher, said movie fans in the Saratoga-Wilton area will have a wide choice of first-run commercial and independent films for the first time. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to deliver our trademarked mission of ‘Returning Style and Elegance to the Movie Going Experience’ to the Saratoga market,” Masher said.
Shaffer said the cinema will join two other new tenants at the mall: Planet Fitness, which opened in May, and the Healthy Living Market and Café scheduled to open in March.
“We are confident Bow Tie will not only complement the center, it will bring a fresh, unique feel to the property,” Shaffer said.
Bow Tie Cinemas is a fourth-generation, family-owned company that began in 1900. With roots in nickelodeons and vaudeville, the company has transformed over the years into a modern theater circuit, says a company statement. Headquartered in New York City and Ridgefield, Conn., the company operates 177 screens at 21 locations in Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Colorado.