Spotlight Theater

23 S. Main Street,
Warsaw, NY 14569

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 8, 2010 at 10:02 pm

The Fox theatre in Atlanta had a full apartment as did the Miller Theatre in Augusta with a beautiful large fireplace.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Now thats cool an apartment above the theatre I wish they had had them were I worked, I would still be in the business.

jaybird21
jaybird21 on April 11, 2010 at 7:24 pm

The Stage is up for sale again by the Bid-N-Buy Realty company. There are a lot of photos of the theatre inside and out at www.picturesofthisproperty.com A complete offset print shop was donated to The Stage and placed in the basement. It was to be used for printing the programs and posters. The apartment above the lobby, where the former owner lived, was to be made into office space and dressing rooms.

Patsy
Patsy on December 10, 2009 at 8:29 am

jaybird21: Thanks for the closing information and I’m still trying to learn if DeAngelis is still living.

jaybird21
jaybird21 on December 10, 2009 at 8:25 am

The Stage closed the end of November because of funding problems.

Patsy
Patsy on July 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm

hlsc: Thanks for the above link as I have now sent them an email in regards to my hometown theatre and this one having been designed by the same architect, Michael DeAngelis. I have heard that DeAngelis may still be living though have not been able to confirm this and hope that someone can for me on CT.

hlsc
hlsc on July 8, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Here is a link to the present operator of the Theater
www.wnypc.us

Patsy
Patsy on May 16, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Lost: THANKS! I found it and am thrilled to learn more about this theatre architect who is forever responsible for designing my hometown theatre…unfortunately he is gone and so is my hometown art deco theatre! Of the 10 DeAngelis theatres listed on CT I think only 2 have been demolished.

Patsy
Patsy on May 16, 2009 at 10:43 pm

The Oscar Glas murals sound intriguing!

Patsy
Patsy on May 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Lost: It does seem that this theatre will be renovated and not restored though both are far better than demolished.

Patsy
Patsy on May 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm

I know that Michael DeAngelis is listed on CT as building 10 theatres so it is fascinating to compare the similar theatre styles.

Patsy
Patsy on May 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Lost: Great photo showing the curved marquee that is very similar to the one that was on my hometown theatre marquee.

Patsy
Patsy on May 16, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Penner: Any further information you can give me on Michael DeAngelis, architect would be greatly appreciated as I am researching my hometown theatre, the Grand in Westfield NY for a local project though not to rebuild the Grand, unfortunately unless a group of us hits the lottery!

Patsy
Patsy on May 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Lost: Ironic that you added this theatre and it turns out to be a Michael DeAngelis designed theatre! Great minds think alike!

ebear3
ebear3 on November 25, 2008 at 10:15 am

I am also looking to contact Lynda Wilson Smith as I have aa large oil painting done by Oscar Glas of two children signed and dated 1938. I am wondering if the subjects are her or family members. Can anyone help?

Bruce

richardg
richardg on May 14, 2008 at 7:58 pm

It was Frank’s passion for the Warsaw Cinema that kept its doors open. Even Frank’s passion couldn’t keep the Warsaw’s doors open very often. Frank’s age, health problems, dwindling crowds, forced the Warsaw into becoming weekend theatre. Memory tells me there were only 3 screenings per week: Fri eve., Sat eve, and Sun. mat. When I first met Frank, close to fifteen years ago, he had been diagnosed with some medical issues so we discussed his possible sale of the theatre. We also exchanged stories about theatres and our passion for them.
I’m looking forward to attending The Warsaw when it re-opens.

pp0000
pp0000 on February 27, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Here’s some more information to fill in in the header above:

Style: Art Deco

Seats: ~500

Chain: Independent

Firm: DeAngelis headed up his own firm; I don’t know what name it had.

pp0000
pp0000 on February 26, 2008 at 3:11 pm

No. That is the name of the organization. The theater will have its own name. We are aiming at multiple venues eventually, each with its own name.

LouB
LouB on February 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Will the theatre be known as the WNY Performance Center?

pp0000
pp0000 on February 26, 2008 at 11:53 am

Sorry, I got the architect’s name wrong. It is Michael J. DeAngelis. He also designed the strand in Brockport which is still open.

pp0000
pp0000 on February 26, 2008 at 5:40 am

This theater has experienced a number of incarnations:
1) The Farman Theater was originally built as a live performance venue predating the movie era.
2) In 1944-45, it was gutted down to the walls and rebuilt as a movie theater designed by architect Michael D'Angelo (who also designed theaters in Batavia and Mt. Morris, NY among others). At this time, it retained the name Farman Theater.
3) In 1968, the building was purchased by Frank R. Versage and continued to run as a movie theater under the name Warsaw Cinema.
4) In 2008, the building was purchased by WNY Performance Center, Inc., a not-for-profit organization and is currently being refitted for live performance once again.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 22, 2008 at 9:32 pm

The website posted on 2/19/07 states that the Farman was dismantled and rebuilt between 1944 and 1945. The 1963 motion picture almanac has the Farman still open and operated by Kallet Theaters, Inc. My hunch is that the new Warsaw Cinema did replace the Farman, but not until some time in the sixties or later on.

pp0000
pp0000 on February 22, 2008 at 11:37 am

From Paul Penner — I am the president of the board of trustees of WNY Performance Center, Inc., the new owner of the Warsaw Cinema. We are refitting the theater for live performance: Back to the Future! We will soon have a live web cam in operation and I will post that URL here. Does anyone have any contact information for Lynda Wilson Smith, the granddaughter of Oscar Glas. We have two murals of Glas' in the theater that we wish to restore.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 26, 2008 at 5:17 pm

This is from the Warsaw History organizations minutes of 11/13/07. They mean “marquees” instead of marquis, obviously, unless they’re going to have some noblemen stand around with billboards:

WARSAW CINEMA. Discussed Paul Penner’s possible purchase of the Warsaw Cinema. He intends to renovate for live performances and movies. The cinema renovations are expected to be completed by September of 08. Mr. Penner, however, has enthusiastically given permission to allow the July HWA festival to be advertised on the theater’s marquis.