The Little Big Picture

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The Little Big Picture

Renovations to The Little’s historic theater 1 will include new seats, an improved stage, new lighting, and more.

These historic renovations for the theater -- which opened in October 1929 -- are part of the Little Big Picture Campaign. The goal of this campaign is to match funds already committed through the Regional Economic Development Council to upgrade and rehabilitate The Little to its original iconic state. A total of $1 million is required to match these funds. $300,000 has already been raised toward this goal. The target date to have all pledges secure is October 31, 2018. To donate email [email protected] or call our membership coordinator at 585-258-0262.

Theater 1 (240 East Ave.) is expected to be closed Thursday, May 29 to Sunday, September 30, 2018 for renovations. The Little’s additional four theaters will continue to screen independent plus foreign language films, and host popular series such as One Take: Stories Through The Lens, Saturday Night Rewind, and The Black Cinema Series. Additionally, The Little Café will remain open during this time for live music with no cover charge, monthly new art exhibits, along with food and drinks.

Renovation details: The project, designed by Bero Architecture PLLC, will upgrade theater 1 by making historically appropriate capital improvements, upgraded mechanical systems, and rehabilitation of historically sensitive features. Changes to the auditorium part of the theater will be made during the May 30 to September 30 timeframe. Other renovations to the building are planned to begin in 2019. These are tentative plans, and things may be adjusted in the future.

- Replacement of theater seating that matches the style of the original 1929 seats, plus cup holders, and general theater rehabilitation. This includes fire safety fixtures, repair of associated building structure, including Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance, along with side/rear entrance improvements.

-Installation of a fixed stage that will support a range of performance options coordinated with accessible rear and side access, enclosure, and development of a west side gallery, and repair of associated building structure, including ADA compliance.

-Major technology improvements for ease of access for artists, options for recording live events, energy-efficient LED lighting system, new projection and Dolby 7.1 equipment to keep our theater at the cutting edge of movie presentation.