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Buffalo cannot allow Market Arcade to close

Restraint was applied to these comments – regarding the potential for the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre in Buffalo to close – so they are appropriate for general audiences.

Ownership is joined to responsibility! The city owns the complex. It’s an essential, complementary element of the Theater District, and for the developing vibrancy of Main Street. Consequently, there’s an inherent and rightful obligation for the necessary investments to be made to support the survival.

That includes the crucial technological updates for the projectors and improvements to sundry items (i.e., heating/cooling, seating, restrooms, etc.) that are key to providing a better customer experience and increasing revenue. Capital improvements have not been made since the theater opened a quarter-century ago.

The city center already has a vital, missing component for visitors’ expectations and satisfaction. Shopping opportunities! Bringing down the curtain on the Market Arcade would be counterproductive to the efforts to broaden the array of Main Street attractions to lure people.

Katherine Massey

Buffalo