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October 31, 2013

Riviera marquee removed for restoration

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Tonawanda News — “Having volunteers climb up ladders in the middle of a snow storm in January, and possibly having them fall off those ladders, to change letters is not the best,” Rouleau said.

Temporary signage will be in place during the restoration project and theater will be open during the process, scheduled for completion in early 2014.

Many residents and onlookers came out to see the marquee come down over the two-day process.

“It’s a big deal to the community,” Rouleau said. “Lots of people came out to see it and take pictures.”

Reinstallation of the restored marquee is scheduled for early 2014. Frey Electric Co. is working on electrical infrastructure updates to the theater in preparation for the restored marquee.  

With the theater as an anchor, the Webster Street Canal Corridor has seen a resurgence of economic development activity over the past several years with many new restaurants and business opening.  

“The restoration is a great symbol of the resurgence of the Canal Corridor,” Rouleau said.

The project was funded by The New York State Office Of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation; The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation; The Grigg-Lewis Foundation, Inc. and donations from the community.

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