About Us

The Scotia Cinema is an independent movie theater located in the village of Scotia, NY, just west of Schenectady, across the Mohawk River on Route 5.

The Scotia Cinema opened in January 1929 as the Ritz Theater. After several owners and name changes, including the New Scotia Theater, Scotia Theater, Scotia Art Theater and finally Scotia Cinema, it was bought by current owner Richard Adams in December 1981. The theater has undergone extensive renovations while trying to maintain its old fashioned neighborhood movie theater setting.

Our goal is to provide a clean and cozy environment in which to view the latest movies at a reasonable price.


  • Digital projection and sound 
  • We top your popcorn with REAL BUTTER!
  • Safe, quiet village setting
  • Easy to get to with ample local parking
  • Enjoy an old-fashioned balcony
  • Comfortable seating with lots of legroom
  • Freshly popped popcorn every day