Photo by Abby Nardo
Over at the N&O, there's speculation that Cary's only independent theatre, The Galaxy could face demolition soon. If the plans of a developer, which were submitted on June 14th, come through, the Galaxy could be replaced by a Harris Teeter.
The Galaxy Cinema is a cornerstone of the independent film scene of the Triangle. The theater gets many films that miss The Colony, Rialto or Mission Valley. Also, Galaxy shows lots of Bollywood films, sells Indian beers and has built a huge Indian-American following. The Galaxy has shows international soccer matches, presidential debates and more unique one-off showings.
Downtown Raleigh could use a theater like The Galaxy. For years, lots of locals have wanted a cineplex in the grid. We have the IMAX at Marbles that shows a handful of blockbusters each year and then Mission Valley, The Rialto, North Hills and The Colony flanking the outskirts of downtown. A theater like The Galaxy, especially with its devout following of independent and Indian-American viewers could bring a lot to the grid.
If Cary's is willing to demolish one of its few cultural institutions to get a Harris Teeter (which there are multiple of in a 10 mile radius), Downtown Raleigh will gladly give The Galaxy a new home, an audience and some business. Send it this way, since you don't want it Cary.
Anyone care to start a petition now?