continued There are however drawbacks to a historically accurate building.
“The problem with the Strand is, because we kept the original historical design, there’s not a lot of storage. A lot of amenities that people are used to, we don’t have. We only have four bathrooms with three stalls each for 1,000 people. Unfortunately that’s part of the deal,” said Armstrong, adding: “We only have one broom closet.”
While not yet 100 percent done, the Strand is up and running with a slate of upcoming shows. Bluesman Johnny Rawls will be playing the Strand Aug. 16, and numerous other events are slated for the fall. A calendar of upcoming events can be found on the NCCCA Art Center website at plattsburgharts.org. The revamped Strand will include performing arts, and a name change to the Strand Center for the Arts, which will include the Arts Education Center, will be made soon.
Another successful fundraiser has patrons purchasing their own seat at the Strand, and they will be given advanced opportunities to purchase tickets for upcoming shows. A large number of these seats have already been sold.
An intern will be starting in the fall, and will be posting pictures of the past and present, on the theater’s Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/Strand.Plattsburgh.