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Theater opponent takes city to court

By Christopher Caskey / The Citizen

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 12:08 AM EST

AUBURN – A Cayuga County judge gave the city of Auburn 30 days to turn over to a local resident requested records pertaining to a proposed performing arts center and theater festival.

But city officials stated they intend to disclose the documents before that deadline.

Judge Thomas Leone set the timeline during a court hearing Tuesday. The hearing was scheduled to determine whether the city was taking too long to respond to Freedom of Information requests by Peter Ruzicka related to the Kalet building on State Street.

Ruzicka has been publically critical of a recent proposal to tear down the Kalet building and erect a 300-plus-seat theater in its place. The current plan calls for $2.4 million from the SUNY budget for the facility, which would be built as a satellite theater for Cayuga Community College.

However, the theater would also be utilized during the summer months as the central venue for an annual musical theater festival. The festival organizers would match SUNY with private funds.

Ruzicka has said public efforts should instead be on the historic Schine Theater on South Street, and he reiterated that point on Tuesday. The documents he seeks, Ruzicka said, are related to his effort to find support for the Schine.

“I’m doing this as research into how it’s going to impact efforts going forward with the Schine,” Ruzicka said.

via AuburnPub.com – Theater opponent takes city to court.

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  1. The proposed musical theater festival is a huge opportunity for the City of Auburn and the group responsible for the project is a solid, well-respected entity that has the muscle and backing to make it happen.

    That said – their refusal to consider the Schine Theater for their main venue is extremely puzzling. The building is structurally sound, it is an historic property designed by the famed architect John Eberson in an outer space atmospheric motif. Wholly original, not a theater exactly like it in the world.

    Due to rampant neglect the stage area is completely deteriorated. The seating area would need to be completely replaced. But true historic theater experts can quickly see that the real beauty of the Auburn Schine Theater is still apparent! The colors and designs are still bright and speak to the original opulence of this amazing theater.

    Because of the deterioration (cosmetic only, i assure you) the theater becomes a virtual blank slate for the Musical Theater Festival to create anything they need to make the space work for their needs.

    Why build new when the same amount of money can be used to protect history? Auburn NY is one of the most historic cities in Central New York. Harriet Tubman’s home is there, as is the home of William Seward – President Lincon’s Secretary of State. The Case Research Lab – where Theodore Case invented the process of sound on film – is there, Willard Chapel with its genuine Tiffany interior is also there. Each of these properties were named in the Save America’s Treasures program ALONG WITH THE SCHINE THEATER.

    The answer seems so simple – let’s use that influence and funding to SAVE that American Treasure along with the others!

  2. The proposed musical theater festival is a huge opportunity for the City of Auburn and the group responsible for the project is a solid, well-respected entity that has the muscle and backing to make it happen.

    That said – their refusal to consider the Schine Theater for their main venue is extremely puzzling. The building is structurally sound, it is an historic property designed by the famed architect John Eberson in an outer space atmospheric motif. Wholly original, not a theater exactly like it in the world.

    Due to rampant neglect the stage area is completely deteriorated. The seating area would need to be completely replaced. But true historic theater experts can quickly see that the real beauty of the Auburn Schine Theater is still apparent! The colors and designs are still bright and speak to the original opulence of this amazing theater.

    Because of the deterioration (cosmetic only, i assure you) the theater becomes a virtual blank slate for the Musical Theater Festival to create anything they need to make the space work for their needs.

    Why build new when the same amount of money can be used to protect history? Auburn NY is one of the most historic cities in Central New York. Harriet Tubman’s home is there, as is the home of William Seward – President Lincon’s Secretary of State. The Case Research Lab – where Theodore Case invented the process of sound on film – is there, Willard Chapel with its genuine Tiffany interior is also there. Each of these properties were named in the Save America’s Treasures program ALONG WITH THE SCHINE THEATER.

    The answer seems so simple – let’s use that influence and funding to SAVE that American Treasure along with the others!

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