NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A marquee makeover comes with a $275,000 price tag. It took three years of fundraising, but the historic theatre finally met its goal and crews started taking down the sign Monday. The grand restoration will be done at a factory in Ohio, and the sign should be back up come the new year.
Riviera Theatre’s Gary Rouleau said, “The sign's been in horrible deteriorating condition, we finally have enough funding this year to do the project and we're actually gonna have some new improvements to it as well. We're gonna have new electronics and an LED panel that are gonna mimic the lettering and background of the original sign. And it's gonna look great, its really gonna make Webster Street pop."
In case you didn’t know, the Riviera Theatre is also home to the fabled “Mighty Wurlitzer Organ,” which was built in North Tonawanda in the 1920s. There are only about 45 of these original organs in theatres across the nation.
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