July 5, 2012
Pedestrians on Chatham’s Main Street will have to detour around the Crandell Theatre for the next few weeks as a major façade restoration project gets underway.
On July 9th, scaffolding will be erected in front of the theatre, the first step in an undertaking that will result in a rebuilt parapet atop the marquee, a section of new roofing at the front of the theatre, and the removal and repainting of the old stucco from the façade. Once the project is finished in approximately 4-6 weeks, the Crandell will boast a fresh coat of paint to match the old stucco, as well as new awnings and a securely mounted marquee.
The restoration work is being done by a group of skilled local contractors including TD (Timothy) Smith Stonemasonry of Philmont, AG Carpentry (Aaron Gaylord) of Chatham, and Hudson River Contracting. New awnings will be provided by Sausbier’s in Hudson.
Sandi Knakal, president of the Chatham Film Club, which owns the Crandell, assures patrons that the theatre will remain open during the work and that all tenant spaces will also be accessible. In fact, some of the biggest movies of the summer will be showing during the 4-6 weeks of the restoration project. “The Amazing Spiderman” opened on July 3rd and runs through the 19th; it will be followed by the acclaimed new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” which opens on July 20th for a three-week run.
“We very much appreciate the patience and cooperation of our movie-going patrons during this time, and we know that you will appreciate the Crandell’s facelift when it is concluded,” Knakal says.