Writer missed facts on Proctors features

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Mary Carol Hart’s March 20 letter [“Glove Theatre should avoid Proctors’ path”] offers an opportunity for fact checking and response. Proctors is proud to continue to have shops open to the public all week on the main floor. Once there was a small lunch deli, but that was replaced by the larger Apostrophe Cafe, which is open 70 hours a week. Hermie’s Music anchors the arcade’s Stratton Plaza entrance and we have two iterations of the Gift Centre at Proctors, both run by a loyal group of volunteers, as has been the case for 30 years. There are also lobby entrances for Key Hall at Proctors and the Parker Inn, as well the snack bar, which is open for Main Stage performances. Regarding our State Street marquee, it’s not original to 1926, but was installed in 1983 to replicate the original, replacing an outdated and deteriorated Art Deco marquee from the 1940s. It was repaired and repainted in 2014, and the signboards were updated to digital displays. But we did not change the marquee in any other way. As to the GE Theatre, it’s described in the industry as a “black box,” and is intended to be quite different than the lush Main Stage. It’s designed for different kinds of uses and programs, including moving the seating to have a large flat-floor for events. Finally, we, too, wish the Glove Theatre nothing but success for its marquee and continuing operations.Philip Morris SchenectadyThe writer is CEO of Proctors, Capital Repertory Theatre and Universal Preservation Hall.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img

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