Historic Palace continues theater tradition in Lockport
The theater just completed a set of renovation projects that will help enhance and secure the continuation of the Palace tradition in Lockport.
As part of a Greenway Foundation grant and with matching funds from the Grigg-Lewis Foundation, the Palace installed new windows to their second floor, along with news awnings.
Pointing of the exterior bricks was also done, helping to seal off the entire building to moisture.
Executive Director Chris Parada said that is a “huge step” for the Palace. He said the reason some of the plaster is crumbling on the inside is moisture is coming from the outside in. Now this will be prevented.
The marquee for the Palace was also updated, allowing upcoming movies and performances to be easily displayed and viewed.
“It looks great,” said Parada. “It dresses up downtown.”
He said the “revamped” marquee still has the same look to it. Before they only had the ability to display shows on three lines, if the letters stayed in place. Now, they can display unlimited amounts of information as long as they adhere to the City of Lockport’s time limits for rotating signs.
The grant is the result of a three-year process and will help move the theater forward. The work began in July and finished this week. Next, the Palace hopes to seek additional grant funding in the future to do interior improvements.
A grant from the Niagara County Legislature also has allowed the Palace this past week to refinish the stage floor. Parada said that has not been done since 1925.
The Palace’s Project Projector fund-raiser is underway. Starting in 2013 Hollywood movie companies will discontinued the production of 35 mm film and switch to an all digital format.
For the Palace, this means if they do not purchase a digital projector they can no longer show new releases. With no grant funding available, they need to raise $100,000 by the end of 2012. So far, they have raised around $10,000.
“This is not a luxury item,” said Parada. “If we don’t do this, there are no longer new movies in Lockport.”
Project Projector is asking if everyone could make a $5 donation — the cost of a movie ticket at the Palace — they could meet their goal.
Those wishing to donate can do so at any Palace event, they can mail in a donation to the Historic Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave., Lockport or visit the box office. Donation can also be made at Mills Jewelers, Tom’s Diner or d’Vine Wine Bar.
The Palace will be holding a special 10 p.m. showing of the final movie in the blockbuster Twilight saga franchise. Tickets for the Nov. 15, “Breaking Dawn Part 2” showing will be available for advance sale. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.
The Palace will also be doing a special Christmas Day showing of “Les Miserables.” The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8.
For more information about the Palace visit www.lockportpalacetheatre.org.