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October 2013

On Monday, September 23rd, 50 golfers came together in the chill of an autumn morning to participate in the 1st Annual Hollywood Theater Golf Tournament. The event, which was held at the Gowanda Country Club, was a fundraiser for projects of the Hollywood Theater restoration that are not eligible for public funding, such as the repairs to the Wurlitzer organ and funding toward an audio system and projection equipment. Participants enjoyed 18 holes of golf, a Chinese auction and friendly competition for prizes on what turned out to be a beautiful day....Read More

February 2013

Hollywood Coin Contest
Stephen Cocca

By Stephen Cocca
News Correspondent                   
It started with a promise made to a 4-year-old girl, when a shiny new coin was dropped into a large glass jar.  Told that the money would bring something special when the jar was filled up, she and her mother began the exciting journey.    Although the little girl is gone, the promise has been kept by her parents through a generous donation to Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater.

Blythe Nundy, the daughter of Lucy Schaack, watched her collection grow every day until her premature death from the ravages of Lou Gehrig’s disease over 30 years ago.  For nearly 14 years, Lucy and Blythe added every shinny coin that came into their possession.
“She talked about that collection every day,” Mrs. Schaack said when arrangements for the transfer of the collection to the Hollywood were made.
“Blythe had some wonderful ideas about the things that the money would buy.”
Mrs. Schaack and her husband David, both formally of Gowanda, donated the coins to the theater with the idea that Blythe’s dreams could still come true through the progressing renovation underway at the theater....Read more

April 2012

Hollywood Feature Story
By Stephen Cocca

Christmas came early this year for Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater, and with the arrival of a key component of restoration, 2012 is taking shape as the best one yet.       

Deb Harris, Hollywood Theater office manager, described two events that she has called “Christmas miracles.”

The first came as 300 historically correct auditorium seats, necessary to restore the seating capacity of the balcony, came into possession of the theater.

“In an amazing set of ‘too good to believe’ coincidences, the Sisters of St. Francis of Allegany, N.Y., in the process of  selling their motherhouse on old Route 17 near St. Bonaventure University, were looking to dispose of the 300 seats in their auditorium,” Harris said. .....Read More

December 2010

The Board was notified that the Theater was awarded its 3rd Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) Grant in the amount of $142,000. Created in 1993, New York’s Environmental Protection Fund provides grants through NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to preserve, rehabilitate, and restore lands, waters, historic structures and resources, and recreation and conservation areas. The Hollywood Theater previously received EPF grants in 2007 and the spring of 2010 in the amounts of $500,000 and $400,000. Monies from EPF #1 were used for the additions to the men and women’s bathrooms completed this year. Monies from EPF #2 will be used for wall plaster, lighting fixtures, interior door repairs and plumbing projects to begin in the near future.

The money from EPF #3 will be received in the spring/summer of next year and is slated to be used for ceiling plaster and painting.
January 2011

At this months Board of Directors meeting, Board President Mark Burr presented Phase III Renovation plans. These will include construction of concrete ramps, repair of the metal fire escape stairs, repair of interior and exterior doors and plasterwork inside the Theater. These renovations will be paid from monies received from EPF #2 and bids will go out soon for construction.

In other news, the firm of Wendel Dushscherer was selected as the design engineers for electrical, lighting and sprinkler system funded through the Restore New York grant received in 2009.

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