Shea’s Reaches Fund-Raising Goal of $4.1 Million
BUFFALO, NY — A fundraising goal to raise $4.1 million by May 1st has been accomplished by the Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo’s largest live performance venue, according to this report from the Buffalo News.
The theater, which opened in 1926 and seats 3183, was designed by the Chicago-based architectural firm of Rapp & Rapp. The funds will enable Shea’s to pay for the five year-old stagehouse, repair the west south and east walls and finish exterior restorations.
According to the theater’s president and chief operating officer, Anthony C.Conte, “In my opinion, it’s probably one of the most important fund-raising drives in the history of Shea’s.”
Among the projects to be done on the building’s exterior include the creation of a 26 foot-long sign reading “Wonder Theatre” for the front of the theater (which Shea’s was called when it opened), a replica of the original vertical “Shea’s Buffalo” sign, an 18 foot-tall pediment that was removed in the 30s, and restoration of the terra-cotta.
A neighboring costume store has been acquired by Shea’s and is set to be converted into the new ticket office this fall.