Riviera Theatre to celebrate new ‘old’ look


NORTH TONAWANDA N.Y. (WIVB) – The Historic Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center in North Tonawanda is inviting the public to the official dedication of its marquee restoration and improvement project. The program is set for Friday, May 2, at 10:00 AM.

The marquee over the front entrance on Webster Street was removed from the 88 year old theatre last October and transported to the Wagner Electric Sign Company in Elyria, Ohio, for restoration and improvements. Technicians discovered the original paint scheme through testing and research. Rose and green neon lights were replaced, new wiring was added, and LED display panels that mimic the look of the original lettering and background were installed with new electronics.

This project has been 5 years in the making. Fundraising began in 2009. Key funding for the project came from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, the East Hill Foundation, the Grigg-Lewis Foundation and other community sources.

The Historic Riviera Theatre will be open to the public following the dedication and an organist will be playing the theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer.

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