Spotlight Theater

23 S. Main Street,
Warsaw, NY 14569

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Patti44
Patti44 on November 17, 2013 at 10:42 pm

This Movie theater is reopening November 27, 2013 under new owners and the name Spotlight Theater

Patsy
Patsy on October 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Don’t know the background to the original name, FARMAN though do love the unique curved marquee photo….not many theatres have or had curved marquees though the marquee on my former hometown theatre designed by Michael De Angelis was curved as the theatre was located on a corner in Westfield NY.

Patsy
Patsy on October 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Patti44: Great news and I do like the rename of Main Street Theater! Thanks for the updated good news! Keep us posted!

Patti44
Patti44 on October 9, 2013 at 1:27 am

A local family in town has purchased the building and hopes to have it up and running within 2 months. Potentially to be rename Main Street Theater

Patsy
Patsy on October 4, 2013 at 8:36 pm

So sad that this theatre has been closed yet again and this time due to back taxes.

LouB
LouB on September 27, 2013 at 11:33 pm

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This article deals with the theatre being auctioned off.

Patsy
Patsy on July 24, 2013 at 1:08 am

Welcome GreenMan415…..it is great to read another DeAngelis family related post.

DeAngelisApprentice
DeAngelisApprentice on July 23, 2013 at 9:19 pm

mcd14526 and GreenMan415: I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Michael DeAngelis in the late 1980’s (see my post in Oriental Theatre Rochester PA). We also corresponded over the next the decade. I sought him out looking for information about the Oriental and discovered quickly that the real treasure was the architect!

GreenMan415
GreenMan415 on July 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

It is great to see family still interested, Mark is also my cousin and Michael was my great-grandfather. I still remember to this day growing up with his stories as I knew him till his death in 1999.

Patsy
Patsy on February 1, 2013 at 2:10 am

http://cinematreasures.org/architects/310

Here is the list of DeAngelis designed theatres for anyone such as myself who is interested in the list of 31 with only 6 open today! I think the theatre in Batavia NY is now a church. Interesting that Michael designed a theatre in Florida which still has to this day…alot of art deco buildings such as the hotels done in pastel colors on South Beach.

Patsy
Patsy on February 1, 2013 at 1:59 am

Mark! Let me be the first to welcome you to CT. It is a pleasure to have the grandson of Michael DeAngelis among us. I hope that you honor us with many DeAngelis posts regarding this theatre designed by your grandfather along with the other DeAngelis designed theatres listed on CT. Again, a huge WELCOME!

mcd14526
mcd14526 on January 31, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Michael J DeAngelis was a trend setting architect. His use of art deco should never be forgotten! I personally want to thank everyone that has taken a strong interest in him and his designs. And to all that are doing their best to resurrect / refurbish his theaters. Of the 31 theaters he designed only 6 are running today. My interest is very close to home as he was my Grandfather! My name is Mark C. DeAngelis and I can be contacted directly at

Patsy
Patsy on March 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Hope you show some classic movies as many theatres do.

Patsy
Patsy on March 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Let’s roll…congratulations!

pspenner
pspenner on March 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm

We ran the first film at The Stage in 2 ½ years last weekend. It was the new version of “True Grit” and we had wonderful response from the community: two showings over 100 attendance, one over 80 and one over 40. It was awesome! Combined with the two very successful senior matinees on the 16th and the 23rd, we are on a roll!

Patsy
Patsy on February 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Though it is not my hometown theatre it has a connection to my hometown theatre as they were both designed by Michael DeAngelis.

LouB
LouB on February 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I had a chance to see this theatre in the late 80’s. It’s nice to see that it is still in use.

Patsy
Patsy on February 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

You are welcome…always nice to see someone interested in the arts and perhaps The Stage would be the perfect venue.

Patsy
Patsy on February 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Kaila: May I suggest that you send your acting classes/workshops request to Mr. Penner via his email that he has so kindly provided for us in his Feb. 20 entry. Good luck as I’m sure he would be receptive to your suggestion.

KDH
KDH on February 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Are they planning on holding things like acting classes or acting workshops at The Stage? I think it would be a really good idea and a really good way to bring in more money. I would definitely go if they had them and I think lots of other people would too (especially kids and teenagers) since we wouldn’t have to drive to Buffalo or Rochester anymore …that would be niiiiiice :D

pspenner
pspenner on February 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I forgot to mention the second reason I have not visited this site in a long time. Our group has been working literally day and night for several months to get the theater up and running again. It has been an enormous effort and it all came to fruition last Wednesday. Life is slightly more normal now that we are open but there is always something to do around the theater. I may not visit here often but will check in occassionally to see what up online. By the way, our new website will be up and running soon at www.TheStageofWNY.com Keep checking.

pspenner
pspenner on February 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Hello Gang — I have not visited this site for a long time for two reasons. First, after a year of operation, the board of trustees of the WNY Performance Center was forced to close The Stage in November 2009. We mothballed the theater and were forced by the first mortgage holder to put the building up for sale. Since no one came forward to buy it (thank goodness!), we sat on it until just recently. At that time, a friend of mine offered to provide the funding to repair the film sound system. When we purchased the theater originally from Frank Versage, we were not told that the film sound system was shot. That is one of the main reasons that people did not patronize the theater towards the end of Frank’s reign. The sound is now restored to excellence and we are showing our first film the weekend of February 25-27, True Grit. We opened with a live matinee performance February 16th with 268 paid attendance thanks to support from Wyoming County Angel Action and Wyoming County Office of the Aging. I know a great deal about the history of venues at this site (the Farman Theater, the New Farman Theater, the Warsaw Cinema and The Stage), more than I could ever write in this blog. One important point: I am NOT the owner of The Stage. The theater is owned by the NFP corporation, WNYPC. I am currently the president but others have and will serve in that role. I would love to host a gathering at the theater of any of you who are contributing to this blog. Perhaps you would be interested in coming to a film showing or live performance as my guests and we can hang out afterwards with a behind the scenes tour thrown in. If anyone is interested, email me at Cordially, Paul Penner