Irvington Theater Receives Funding for All-New HVAC System, Paving the Way for 2022 Reopening
It has been dark at the Irvington Theater since March 2020. The pandemic had forced the doors to remain closed, but planning for what can and will be has continued – so that live theatre, movies, comedy shows and children’s shows would one day come back to life on stage.
The health and wellbeing of Irvington Village residents and the general public is a priority; that was before the pandemic and even more so now. The Village Board recognizes that safety and comfort at the historic Irvington Theater is just one part of bringing customers back to experience the power of art. This week, the village council announced that the village will invest in those who want to escape and be entertained: a new HVAC system will be installed to properly ventilate the theater and provide the comfort of air conditioning for everyone who visits the theater. The approval of the board of this project is greatly appreciated,” says theater manager theater Greg Allen. “Installing an HVAC system is the first step to bringing the art back and in a safe way. We have a broad vision for what the theater will be. The HVAC system is the foundation for what’s next and we We look forward to providing our customers with an experience that will keep them coming back for years to come.”This project is being realized thanks to the Irvington Village Board, Mayor Brian Smith, the administrator of Irvington Village, Lawrence Schopfer, and our local and state officials—all of whom support the theater’s work as the cultural heart of the Rivertowns. The theater will remain closed during this time, but will continue to bring art to life with outdoor events scheduled for this fall and next spring.” Adding an HVAC system to our historic theater is a project that will take years, if not decades. has been postponed, and now we have an impetus to make it a reality because of the pandemic,” says Mayor Brian Smith. “I would like to thank NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and NYS Legislator Tom Abinanti for not only their financial support that made this project possible, but also for their continued support for the arts in Irvington and the surrounding areas. Beyond the obvious improvements in safety and comfort, I’m especially pleased that the theater will be used all year round, as the lack of HVAC has always kept it dark from May to September.”Irvington Theater is home to a wide variety of innovative programs that entertain, enlighten and inspire, establishing itself throughout its 119-year history as the cultural heart of the Rivertowns. Their current season, #IrvingtonAnywhere, features both in-person and online streaming events. More information on www.irvingtontheater.com.