Built in 1894, completely renovated in 1931 into an “Atmospheric Movie Palace”; this once proud building has been neglected for the last 50 years. In the last five years a determined group of people have raised money to restore and update the theater.
The $2 million project includes completely updated electrical and mechanical systems, historical facade restoration and some interior repairs. The work in the main auditorium includes historically accurate plaster repairs, extensive cleaning, painting and partial restoration of original carpeting, and seating repair.
Phase II of this project consisted of the interior reconstruction, exterior lighting, signage kiosk and the restoration of the remainder of the original carpeting and seating. This phase will be completed in 2000.
Mossien Associates is and has been providing interior design and architectural services as part of the Iversen Construction Team on this project. Mossien Associates also provided services in grant writing and applications for State Historic Preservation Commission.
This project was given the Historic Building Preservation Award from the Ontario County Historical Society in May 1996 and received the Build New York Award in 1997. Two craftsmanship awards have been given as well; one for the front entry arch in 1998 and one for the interior decorative painting in 1999. Most recently, in November 2001, the project was awarded The Barber Conable Award. The Barber Conable Award is The Landmark Society of Western New York’s highest award for a major historic building rehabilitation and is only presented to projects that demonstrate exceptional design and craftsmanship.