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Downtown Buffalo moviegoers will get special parking rates

Downtown moviegoers will pay $3 – or nothing at all in some cases – to park in the Augspurger Parking Ramp garage once the former Market Arcade Cinema is redeveloped into a state-of-the-art AMC Theater.

Under the five-year parking agreement with the Benchmark Group – the theater's property owner – movie patrons will pay $3 with appropriate validation to park after 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends.

Currently, it costs $2 after 5 p.m. on weekdays, said Parking Commissioner Kevin J. Helfer. If there are no events, parking is free until 5 p.m. on Saturdays and all day Sundays. Otherwise, weekend pricing ranges from $5 to $7.

The Common Council approved the parking agreement Tuesday.

Last month, the Benchmark Group signed a lease agreement with AMC to open an eight-screen theater with more than 650 seats by next summer.

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