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Folks get first look at Shadowland Theatre

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Passionate theater-goers are getting their first glimpse of the Shadowland Theatre as an intricate renovation process begins to wrap up. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the Ellenville venue.

ELLENVILLE, N.Y. -- “It’s absolutely incredible. We started with the lobby and the façade outside, totally renovated the lobby and the façade and now it’s time to move in to the actual theater,” said Shadowland Theatre Board of Directors Debbie Briggs.

Onlookers stand in awe at the site of the newly refurbished Shadowland Theater. It’s is part of the $1 million "Light the Way" Capital Campaign which began three years ago.

“We’re doing the entire auditorium over, so the seating is being rehabbed, the roof, the brick walls, the structure is being secured, upgraded, modernized and then were building a whole new stage, dressing room and green room,” said Shadowland Theatre Artistic Director Brendan Burke.

This theater was built in the 1920 and operated until the 80s when it shut down. Now nearly three decades later, it’s once again officially opening its doors.

“I’m really impressed. I’m really excited I have an idea of what it’s going to look like afterwards and it’s going to be really great,” said Remington Spoor.

“The Shadowland is great because in additional to its obvious cultural contributions to the community we really sit as an economic anchor, an engine for Ellenville, Wawarsing and really this part of Ulster County,” said Burke.

The theatre is a destination business drawing from 50 miles in every direction filling restaurants, enhancing the local economy and entertaining folks with cast members straight from Broadway.

“We are this community’s theater and they have been good to us and I think in return we are being good to them,” said Burke.

In the hopes the Shadowland will remain alive well into the future.

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