A News Release from Shea’s Theatre, with a Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper
Posted December 16th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –
I just can’t help posting a little something about this.
For any of us who have ever had the joy of attending any entertainment event at Shea’s Theatre in Buffalo, New York, you walk into this grand old theatre of the arts with a feeling of awe.
Architectural, there is hardly anything like it left across the United States and Canada because, quite stupidly, many great buildings like this were destroyed going back decades ago when anything old had to be knocked down in favour of a glass-box building or fast-food restaurant.
Fortunately, back in the 1970s, when the devils for destroying old buildings wanted to knock down Shea’s, there were enough people in the City of Buffalo, New York who rose up and said no, and the Friends of Shea’s Theatre have been stewards of this awesome place ever since.
We need more of that spirit, especially here on the Canadian side of the border, and here in Niagara, Ontario where the forces of greed and stupidity still have enough clout to destroy grand old buildings that could never be replaced today.
Now here is the news release from the Friends of Shea’s Theatre in Buffalo, New York –
HAPPY 95th SHEA’S BUFFALO THEATRE!
Today (January 16th, 2021) Buffalo has much to celebrate! While we cheer on the Buffalo Bills as they move closer to a spot in Super Bowl LV, we celebrate the 95th anniversary of the opening of our beloved Shea’s Buffalo Theatre which opened on January 16, 1926.
In honour of this milestone event in Shea’s history, we will share photos, videos, and more from our archives via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram over the next several weeks. You can follow our pages by clicking on the links below.
THE NEW YEAR BRINGS OPTIMISM FOR
THE ARTS COMMUNITY
Thank you for your support of the Save Our Stages Act. We’re shining a spotlight on the incoming Senate Majority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer for his efforts in passing the Save Our Stages Act. This new bill is a game-changer for our industry’s recovery. Broadway gives you a standing ovation, Senator!
Save Our Stages was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, as part of the $900 billion Covid-19 relief package. The provision provides $15 billion in grants to live venue operators, producers, promoters, and talent representatives to cover expenses such as payroll costs, rent, mortgage payments, and utilities.
This past Tuesday (January 12th, 2021), Governor Cuomo outlined a new program, New York Arts Revival, a public-private partnership which will stage outdoor pop-up events and performances with more than 150 artists including Amy Schumer, Hugh Jackman, Ars Nova, and the National Black Theatre. Theater producer Scott Rudin and film producer Jane Rosenthal will lead the effort alongside the New York State Council on the Arts.
We are grateful for Governor Cuomo’s support of the arts and keeping them at the forefront of his plans for reimagining our great State. He recognizes the value of the arts as a significant economic generator in all areas of the State and our local communities.
Plans are being developed and there will be more news in the coming weeks.
To learn more about Shea’s Theatre in Buffalo, New York and upcoming events, click on – https://www.sheas.org/ .
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