Could there be a new cinema on Main Street?

Posted at 6:46 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 18:46:54-04

Andrea Dacey opened her Buffalo inspired shop “Buffalo Adore” in the Market Arcade a little more than a year ago. . . shortly after cars were welcomed back on the 600 block of Main Street.

“Downtown is something that we could all see potential in and we knew what it should be so that’s why we wanted to be part of the renaissance,” Dacey told 7 Eyewitness News.

The business owner says nearby Shea’s and other theatres on the street offer a steady flow of business, a success replicated just steps away in the food court style eatery, Expo.

The concept is modeled after popular concepts in cities like Boston and New York City. Melanie Klaja says business is good but both Klaja and Dacey agree – the vacant building just door away, which was supposed to open in April as an AMC movie theater, would only sweeten business.

It was in May of 2015 the 7 Eyewitness News reported the sale of the Market Arcade Cinema complex to Benchmark for $250,000.

Mayor Byron Brown said the development corporation would invest nearly $6 million into the site and it would open in April of 2016 but six months later, the site is still vacant.

A spokesperson for Benchmark says the company should have an update soon, and a spokesman for the City says AMC and Benchmark are in final negotiations.

AMC did not return our calls for comments.