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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is celebrating a big milestone: 100 years of operation.
Sunday, February 5th marks the centennial kickoff at the Reg Lenna, formally the Palace theater in Jamestown.
The public is invited to attend festivities, beginning at 2 p.m. key figures will speak on the theater’s importance.
Following that, the group will give out treats and sing happy birthday to launch the celebration. A free showing of the movie School of Rock will also take place that day at around 2:30 p.m.
Those with the Reg Lenna are excited for not only the celebration, but the longevity of the historic building.
“It’s astounding,“ explained Director of Marketing and Communications Len Barry. “A lot of buildings don’t last as long as this one has. There are several cinemas and theaters across the nation, a couple here in Jamestown that have been demolished because they hadn’t been used in such a long time. We’re grateful that we’re following in the footsteps of the people going back 100 years ahead of us to keep this space maintained, to keep it as a community center for folks to get together to enjoy live arts, entertainment, and the occasional film.”
Other theaters in Jamestown that did not make it this far include the Winter Garden Theater which opened in 1913, and closed in the 90’s. The building was ultimately brought down on April 17th, 2010.
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