Independent films can typically be found at only one theater in the greater Albany area, that being Spectrum 8 on Delaware Avenue, aka “Albany’s Main Street.” Oscar contenders, art house flicks and foreign films you wouldn’t see in a big chain theater are to be found on a weekly basis, making it a popular destination when you didn’t want to go to the mall to see a movie.
Now, after 35 years of business, Spectrum 8 Theatres has been sold to the California-based chain Landmark Theatres, leading to the shuttering of the doors while the new owner takes over.
In a statement, Landmark President and CEO Ted Mundorff said the Los Angeles-based chain is “pleased that Spectrum looked to Landmark Theatres to continue the legacy of the theatre. We anticipate no changes in the programming or staffing. The Spectrum will continue to bring smart movie selections and great customer service to Albany,” as reported by the Times Union.
Fans should fear not, as Landmark is the nation’s largest theatre circuit dedicated to exhibiting independent and foreign films, so fans should expect to see the same caliber of films at their favorite hometown venue, especially as award season draws near.
The venue is slated to close on Nov. 17 and will re-open at the end of that week as Landmark.