Theatre groups from across the state held a news conference to remind people that they don't want to be forgotten about if New Yorkers vote for expanded casino gambling in the state. Geoff Redick has more on the possible unintended consequences of the casino referendum.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Several theaters across New York State want to ensure there is a fair playing field if the casino gambling referendum is approved by voters.
The group, called Upstate Theaters for a Fair Game, is asking the state for help. If the expansion of casino gambling is passed, it could mean as many as four new casinos across the state. The casinos have the capacity to pay performers more than local theaters, and draw higher quality entertainment.
Now, the group wants an agreement from the state to ensure the casinos would not be able to monopolize the best entertainment.
"The casinos are able to offer discounts, free tickets, special packages to attract an audience that we can not," noted Marcia White, SPAC President.
Mark Baker, the Saratoga Springs City Center President, added, "Gaming facilities in this situation are not creating but displacing current business."
Some local theatres involved in the coalition include the Palace Theatre, Proctors and SPAC.