BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The historic North Park Theatre celebrated is grand re-opening Friday night.
The Hertel Avenue venue has been closed since June while undergoing a major restoration, including the installation of a digital projector.
Owner Tom Eoannou said, “We’ve pretty much restored it top to bottom. The big renovation projects were of course the Raphael Beck fresco that’s on the ceiling, and in the back of the stage, the other Raphael Beck fresco. We’ve put in a state of the art projector system, Dolby sound. Brand new seats, new concession stand. So we’re ready to go.”
North Park Theater Director of Programming Ray Barker said, “The overall goal of the project was to have this theater be an asset to the North Buffalo community for decades to come. We wanted to do the restoration right with the very best people in the country. The best art restorers, the best plasterers, the best woodworkers. We wanted an attention to detail.”
The North Buffalo theatre is nearly 100 years old. Patrons came in droves to get their tickets and see the renovations up close while enjoying the theatre’s first film, a romantic comedy called “Girl on a Bicycle,” which runs through March 13.
Private donations paid for the $250,000 project.