The Rosendale Theatre, in Rosendale, started life as the Rosendale Casino around the turn of the 20th century. “It was not a gambling casino though, it was more a vaudeville house,” says Ann Citron, managing director of the theater.
Now a community-owned not-for-profit theater that includes local luminaries like Melissa Leo and Aidan Quinn on its board of advisors, the 270-seat venue shows movies and has expanded to include live theater and music. To that end, the building has been spruced up with “important cosmetic work,” Citron says, including painting and temporary fixes to the box office and concession stand. Phase two will complete the box office, concession, and lobby; restore the façade; make the theater accessible to those with disabilities; renovate the bathrooms; and “beautify the outside, which really needs work,” she says, including restoring nonfunctioning windows and adding a new marquee.
The theater is about one-third of the way toward its goal of raising $300,000, Citron says. “We have the architectural plans in place, and as soon as fund-raising reaches a certain point we will start.”