Warsaw may have an operating movie theater again by the end of November.
The Stage is tentatively set to reopen Friday, Nov. 29 as the Spotlight Theater, said Scott Treutlein, the theater’s owner. The movies that will be offered are yet to be determined, Treutlein said, as are the prices.
Treutlein said he and his wife, Tami, want to keep the $5 price for matinees and children, but they want to wait a little while in order to determine the appropriate adult rate.
Staffing for the theater is also still in the works, as Treutlein said they are unsure what their exact needs are going to be at this point in time.
“We are moving along on the path that we had taken when we started in terms of renovations and financing,” Treutlein said, adding that he has the installation of a digital projector in the works.
Treutlein said he received a loan to install a projector, so the theater could have one by the end of the year when forced digital conversion occurs. He said that they are still hoping to get community support for the projector.
In an Oct. 9 interview, Treutlein talked about the possibility of creating a foundation to help support the theater. However, Treutlein said that is no longer possible.
He said he is not specifically sure why he cannot set up a foundation, but it has something to do with the nature of non-profits and what they can be set up for.
Although the theater can be used for both movie and live performance purposes, as of now Treutlein said he and his wife are focusing on the movie aspect of the business.
“That’s set up and that’s more functional off the bat, but eventually we want to keep going with the performances and live stuff as we go on and learn more,” he said.
A live performance that had been in the works while the WNYPC still ran the theater was the CJ Country Buck’s Motorsports “Harvest Hoedown” on Friday, Nov. 22, featuring former American Idol contestants Josh Gracin and the Morgan Twins. Treutlein said he is still honoring that event, but the WNYPC will not be staffing it.
“They might have booked it, but at this point it’s our engagement,” Treutlein said.
The Harvest Hoedown will be the first bit of entertainment offered by the theater in more than a month and a half.
The theater has been closed since Oct. 2, when it was locked down by the county at Treutlein’s request in order to protect his investment.
A judgment of foreclosure had been signed on the theater Sept. 9, after its former owner, the WNYPC, failed to pay $10,600 in back taxes from 2011 and 2012. The Treutleins submitted a $15,000 sealed bid for new ownership of the theater Sept. 30, and the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors awarded the theater to the Treutleins at its Oct. 8 meeting.
Treutlein said he and the WNYPC’s Board of Trustees will meet Thursday to talk about the future of the theater.
Paul Penner, president of the WNYPC’s board of trustees, said the WNYPC had not decided whether it would like to work with Treutlein, but it should know more following Thursday’s meeting.
Penner said the WNYPC had met Monday. Oct. 14 and narrowed its options for moving forward, but declined to discuss the options in detail until final decisions are made.