Riviera Theatre demands Governor Cuomo to allow concert venues and theaters to reopen


NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to lift his ban on live music venues.

A press conference was held Thursday afternoon at the Riviera Theatre, as representatives from the theater said they are tired of being left in the dark on when they’ll be able to reopen.

The venue is putting together its own safety plans to reopen. It includes 50 percent capacity, social distancing and hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility.

Executive Director David Fillenwarth says if they don’t reopen soon, the venue could be in trouble.

“We’re a little bit worried., and talking to other directors from other theaters, they’re worried too,” he said. “This is no longer a wait and see. We need to act immediately.”

The venue is hoping to have a live concert next weekend, if they get the OK from the state.

Sarah Minkewicz is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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