of the Best Movie Theatre Award in the Albany Times
Union, Metroland, and Capital Region Living
Located at 290 Delaware Ave. in Albany, NY, the Spectrum 8
Theatres is a locally owned, independent movie theater that
has been in operation since 1983. We are committed to showing
films that are provocative, entertaining and thought-provoking.
By showcasing the best first-run independent, foreign and
Hollywood films, the Spectrum has differentiated itself from
the competition. We offer a state-of-the-art alternative to
the mall movie experience. Dolby digital and stereo surround
sound enhances enjoyment of our "spectrum" of film offerings.
Off-street parking in either of our two lots means no hassles
and no mall traffic. The Spectrum's Art Deco atmosphere, art
gallery, and slide shows that feature the work of local artists
make going to the movies a unique experience. Our snack bar
offers a delicious selection of baked goods, coffees, teas
and popcorn with real butter. Special events featuring conversations
with independent filmmakers are a regular part of our programming.
We are committed to keeping alive the idea of cinema as a
vital art form and are proud to have created what is now considered
to be the Capital District's primary resource for films that
were formerly available to Metropolitan residents only.
In 1980, two couples who shared a love of film began careers in the movie business by buying and renovating a small, run-down, 183-seat theater in Rensselaer, NY. Renaming it the 3rd Street Theatre, we began showing "art films" in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. The programming was repertory in format. We built a loyal following showing such classics as The King of Hearts, My Dinner With Andre, John Sayles' The Return of the Secaucus Seven, and films by Truffaut, Kurosawa, Godard and Fassbinder. We hosted appearances by such luminaries as French filmmaker Agnes Varda, playwright Eugene Ionesco and comedian Paul Zaloom.
By 1983, we were outgrowing this venue and decided to expand
our sights across the Hudson River into Albany. When we purchased
the Delaware Theater in 1983, it was a single-screen, neighborhood,
art-deco style theatre built in the 1940s. We have slowly
expanded to our eight-screen incarnation, yet have not lost
the personal touch which sets the Spectrum apart from the
Spectrum 8 Theatres installed 216 rooftop Photovoltaic Solar
Panels. These panels will produce approximately 65 kilowatts
per year of clean, renewable electricity - 1/3 of the Spectrum's
power needs. The
system went on line in late December 2011 and is expected
to prevent 55,738 lbs. of carbon dioxide pollution, 119.58
lbs. of sulfur dioxide pollution and 62.58 lbs. of nitrous
oxide pollution, according to NYSERDA estimates. The
Spectrum is pleased to be part of the growing movement toward
energy independence through the use of clean, renewable technology.
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290 Delaware Ave., Albany, NY