Happy 30th anniversary, Spectrum!
Well, no, it’s not actually the anniversary of the Spectrum 8 Theatres on Delaware Avenue in Albany. But Sunday does, however, mark the 30th anniversary of the Spectrum’s owners. The Four Movie Muskateers – Scott Meyer, Annette Nanes, Sugi and Keith Picard – launched their careers in movie theater ownership on October 17, 1980, with a screening of Francois Truffaut’s classic “Small Change” at their 183-seat Third Street Theatre in Rensselaer.
The foursome opened the Spectrum three years later, and they ran both movie houses simultaneously until they finally closed the Third Street Theatre in 1986. (Bonus trivia points go to anyone who can name the final film that was screened at the Rensselaer theater.)
In celebration of the anniversary, the Spectrum 8 Theatres will be giving away free popcorn to moviegoers on Sunday. With real butter…