Court hearing scheduled in fight over fate of amphitheater

(AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson, File)

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The fight over the future of the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater is moving to a courtroom.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday afternoon in the case that pits preservationists against the administration of the western New York education and arts retreat.

A group called the Committee to Preserve the Historic Chautauqua Amphitheater and five property owners filed a lawsuit Jan. 22 seeking to block the institution’s plans to demolish and rebuild the 122-year-old amphitheater.

A judge issued a temporary restraining order last week.

Administrators say the project is needed to improve access and add needed upgrades. Opponents say there are other ways to accomplish those goals.

Countless historic figures have taken the open-air theater’s stage, including Amelia Earhart, Ella Fitzgerald and Robert Kennedy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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