ILION, NY - A staple of the Ilion community is in dire need of some major repairs, and it’s going to take more than just staples to fix it.
The Ilion Little Theatre, located behind the Remington Arms manufacturing plant, has been entertaining area residents for nearly 100 years. They were in the middle of their latest production when they were forced to shut down because of the pandemic.
During that time, with no funding coming in, their furnace malfunctioned forcing them to purchase a new one. That, along with electrical work and monthly operating expenses depleted what little funds they already had.
Now a new problem has arisen. Following the recent heavy rains, a major roof leak was discovered.
“The roof is going to be a major expense,” says Kelly Stone, President of the Ilion Little Theatre. “Especially with the cost of materials going up during the pandemic. I'm told if we leave it - the bricks and the mortar have been saturated, that if it doesn't get the chance to dry out - that come winter that's going to freeze and crack the bricks in the structure."
A GoFundMe page was recently started to help them raise funds to repair the roof and continue operating.
The plans are for the curtains to go up in September for their first performance since they were forced to shut down. After that, without help from the community, who knows.