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Ogdensburg, NY: City Declines Offer of Ogdensburg Cinemas

Posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 and updated on Friday, November 16th, 2012 3:44 PM

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The Ogdensburg Cinemas in Ogdensburg, New York closed in July, and the owner later offered the theater to the city in order to keep it running. An article in the August 7, 2012 edition of the Watertown Daily Times says that the city has declined that offer:

For a while last week, it looked like the city might be getting into the movie theater business.

Plattsburgh businessman Gilbert J. Jones made the city an offer July 31 he hoped it couldn’t refuse: Take over his closed Ogdensburg Cinemas, 219 Ford St., and keep it running for “at least 25 years.”

“I’m offering it as a gift to the city,” said Mr. Jones, who shuttered the twin-screen cinema last month.

Interim City Manager Philip A. Cosmo cited legal reasons for turning down Mr. Jones’s offer.

“It’s not something that we’re allowed to do,” Mr. Cosmo said.

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