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Senator Seward announces $10,000 toward restoration for Oneonta Theatre

By By KRISTEN COPELAND

ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - An historic theatre in Downtown Oneonta is getting a facelift thanks to a state grant.

Senator James Seward was at the Oneonta Theatre on Chestnut Street, where he announced $10,000 to help restore the landmark and assist with general operating expenses.

Senator Seward recalls standing outside the theatre as a child waiting to see the latest disney film.

The theater has played an important role in the Oneonta Community in the past, and with the money, Seward hopes it will play an important role in the future.

The historic theatre completes the art puzzle in Otsego County.

"This area has everything from the Glimmerglass Opera...we have the new Foothills Performing Arts Center...and now preserving this Oneonta Theater," Senator Seward said. "The fact is that the arts and performing arts have a very significant role to play in our economy locally."

The historic Oneonta Theatre was built in 1897 and is listed on the state and national registers of historic places.

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