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Riviera Theatre awarded $1.2 million for expansion project

NORTH TONAWANDA – The Riviera Theatre has been awarded $1.2 million from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council for its “Set the Stage” expansion project, theater co-directors Gary J. Rouleau and Jim Pritchard announced Thursday. The theater received a Niagara River Greenway grant of $50,000 for the project last week.

“This funding is a game changer toward the advancement of the Riviera Theatre Expansion and Development Project,” said Rouleau, adding that it “gives our project the credibility it deserves and will help us leverage additional funds that we are currently working on through other funding sources.”

The project, estimated at $6.1 million, will provide a 23,000-square-foot addition at the rear of the theater that will include a smaller performance space to be called the Black Box Theatre, new dressing rooms and rehearsal space, a new lobby and theater office and box office space.

“We look forward to maintaining the history of the existing theater and her Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ,” Pritchard said, “while providing the amenities required by a modern audience and to bring our facility up to the standards of today’s performers.”