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Strand Theatre restoration work continues

PLATTSBURGH - When walking through the main entrance of the Strand Theatre, there is no longer a fountain or posters of movie stars as there once was in the circa 1924 building. However, work continues to transform the building to its original glory.

Though from the outside of the building it may seem to not much has happened since the building was purchased by the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in 2004, but NCCCA board of trustees president Leigh C. Mundy said that is about to change.

The Strand Theatre received a $100,000 matching grant to transform the marquis and fa ade of the building, hopefully putting some excitement into the community about what is being done on the inside of the building.

"The city is facilitating a state grant for the marquis and the fa ade, but it is matching," Mundy explained. "I have to spend it, give them the [payment], then they give me the money back. So, I have to have that money first. I think that would really energize the community."

Mundy has raised a quarter of the money needed to finish the project, and believes if everybody puts in a little bit, the money can be raised quickly.

"If 1,000 people gave me $100, that's $100,000. Anybody can help," she said. "If everybody in Clinton County gave me $50, we could have this whole thing done. The big donors are very appreciated and would make it very easy, but everyone can send in a little bit and we can get it done."

Mundy also believes if everyone in the community donates their small part, they will feel more "ownership" towards the building.

One of the ways people can help is to sponsor a theatre seat, which will have an engraved plaque to commemorate the sponsor's support.

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