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Historic Riviera Theatre expansion project receives $1.2M state award


Fri, Dec 18th 2015 09:15 am

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council announced Dec. 10 the Riviera Theatre's "Set the Stage" Expansion and Development Project has been awarded $1.2 million.

This funding is in addition to a recent award of $50,000 through the Niagara River Greenway Niagara Host Communities Standing Committee.

"This funding is a game changer towards the advancement of the Riviera Theatre Expansion and Development Project and gives our project the credibility it deserves and will help us to leverage additional funds that we are currently working on through other funding sources," Riviera Theatre Co-director Gary J. Rouleau said.

"As we continue to set the stage for our theater expansion project, we look forward to maintaining the history of the existing theater and her Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ while providing the amenities required by a modern audience and to bring our facility up to the standards of today's performers," Riviera Theatre Co-director Jim Pritchard said.

The Riviera Theatre "Set The Stage" Expansion and Development Project includes:

•Black box theater space for additional shows with more diversity and community and educational events;

•Flexible corporate/private event space;

•Concession/merchandise space for new and existing facility;

•Elevator and new ADA-compliant bathrooms for patrons and visitors;

•Rehearsal and dressing rooms space;

•New dressing rooms, showers and wash facilities for performers;

•Lobby area with educational and local historical space;

•Theater office and box office space;

•Additional critically needed storage space.

The total cost of the project is $6.1 million.

For more information on the Historic Riviera Theatre Expansion and Development Project, visit www.RivieraTheatre.org/set-the-stage/.

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