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Ron Seyb Writes Op-Ed for Saratoga Wire

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Skidmore government professor Ron Seyb has penned a very funny op-ed for Saratoga Wire, titled “Movies and the Meaning of Life,” in response to news that construction is moving forward on the new movie theater set to replace the vacant Price Chopper. Seyb claims “the erosion of the cultural norm of ‘going to the movies’ has caused America to be on the cusp of losing a generation,” and as someone who spent more money at the 68th Street AMC Loews this summer than on food, clothing, and shelter combined, I tend to agree with him.

“My nephews are part of this incipient lost generation. They are four young men, ranging in age from 12 to 20, who are smart, responsible, and tolerant of even their uncle’s screaming, ‘Run the picket fence!’ at their basketball games. I would expect such sterling young men to have developed by now an ardent love for the movies. My nephews’ knowledge of film is, however, inferior to mine and my peers at the same age. They do watch a few films repeatedly, most of which feature either Denzel Washington or Matthew McConaughey constructing football teams out of the human equivalent of slag. But the breadth of their movie knowledge is small. It is as if they decided to go to a liberal arts college to major in Turtle Wax. I suppose that such a major would have value, provided that one wished to simonize one’s car over, and over, and over again.”

The article is full of REAL TALK, (despite a mean, unecessary shot at the critically reviled but secretly brilliant That’s My Boy), and Seyb is always hilarious. Take a break from work and check it out.

(via Saratoga Wire)

Funding for Downtown Movie Theater Approved

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Movie Magic


Earlier this week, county officials approved preliminary plans to build an 11-screen movie theater at Church St. and Railroad Place, the vacant lot where the proud, noble Ghetto Chopper (RIP) once stood. This caused everyone who schlepped all the way out to Wilton for the midnight showing of The Avengers in the pouring rain to fist-pump in excitement.

The Times-Union reports that local developer Sonny Bonacio (who was named “Executive of the Month” by Success magazine in February 2007 and—let’s be real—has a name ripped straight out of The Sopranos) was granted $956,653 in tax breaks by the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency.*

Advocates argue that the $18 million, 24,000-square-foot theater could greatly benefit the Downtown economy, bringing more people to Saratoga and expanding the city’s tax base. However, a quick glance at the commentary on the Saratogian and Times-Union articles reveals that many are opposed to the project on anti-spending grounds.

Construction is expected to begin later this fall, to be completed by spring 2013. Bear in mind, this is only the first step, and though Bonacio has yet to contract a theater operator, the fact that he’s been able to clear all this bureaucratic red tape so early is pretty impressive.

Just so long as he doesn’t try to swindle the city out of millions, like a certain silver-tongued monorail salesman.

*There are a lot of ins and outs with this deal, but tax law is complicated and boring, so if you really want to know the details, check out the Times-Union article.
(Via the Saratogian and the Times-Union)