BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The historic Shea's Theatre in Buffalo unveiled the results of phase three of a $2.5 million restoration project on Monday.
The third leg of the project involves restoring the front of the theatre, the front sidewalls, and about 20 percent of the ceiling. It involved removing decades of built-up grime and using exact matches for the types of paints and plasters that were used to build the elaborate movie house back in 1925.
Shea's President Anthony Conte said, "The other thing that's really going to be different is the proscenium recesses and the recesses over the organ pipes has not been lit for the last 20 to 25 years because of inaccessibility to light them completely. With the scaffolding up here we had the opportunity to replace all the bulbs and we replaced them with LED bulbs. So we're more energy efficient than we've ever been. But it's pretty spectacular because all the bulbs, every single one, in all the recesses in front of Shea's have been replaced."
Conte says while this phase is complete, it will take another three years of work to fully restore the historic theatre. Next summer the rest of the ceiling will be cleaned, restored, and painted.
The project had scaffolding filling the auditorium throughout the summer, but it came down this week as the project is wrapped up and the theatre prepares for Curtain Up.
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