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Weekly News Recap: Focus on Renovations & Restorations

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Hudson Valley Historic Theaters:
Renovations and Restorations in 2013

BY David Levine | Published by HUDSON VALLEY MAGAZINE
Posted on February 20, 2013

“In 1968, a teenager who was working at the historic but shabby Beacon Theatre in Beacon was told by his boss to replace the movie titles on the marquee. “Closed for renovation,” the new sign was to say. “Reopening soon.” The young man did what he was told. But in his heart he knew that it was a lie. He knew the Beacon was never opening again. And for four decades, he was right…(read the whole post here.)

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A Peek Inside the Renovations of Historic Senator Theatre
By Tim Windsor | Published by MDBIZNEWS
February 13, 2013

“The Senator Theatre has been closed since April 2012 for major renovations. Today, owners of the theater posted some snapshots on their Facebook page of the work in progress. From what can be seen, the work is extensive, showing the main auditorium stripped of seating and sporting scaffolding. Other photos show work progressing on additions to the building which will house three more screening rooms…(read the whole post here.)”

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Courtesy of American Theatre Architecture Archives

Grand Theater Restoration Project includes vision for museum showcasing Steubenville’s theater and performing arts history
By JANICE R. KIASKI – Herald-Star community editor, The Herald-Star | Published by
February 3, 2013

“STEUBENVILLE, OH – As the newest board member of the Grand Theater Restoration Project, Dr. Susanne Curn-Escobar of Steubenville finds it easy to put her heart into the effort, especially her role in getting the museum part of it off the ground.

The long-term plan to transform the South Fourth Street theater into a performing arts center also includes a vision for a museum that will showcase Steubenville’s theater and performing arts history…(read the whole post here.)”

What do you do with vacant, historic movie theaters?
Published by
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“With the Academy Awards gala this weekend, Hoosier History Live! will spotlight an aspect of our movie heritage. Specifically, we will focus on the challenges that confront towns and neighborhoods with historic movie theaters that, while glorious in their heyday and built with marquees, balconies and platforms or pits for organs and pianos, have fallen on hard times.

That’s particularly been the case for many vintage theaters built with only one screen, limiting their ability to compete with newer, multiscreen cinemas in shopping centers…(read the whole post here.)”

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