Irvington Theater Receives Funding for All-New HVAC System, Paving Way for 2022 Reopening

July 28, 2021

by Brad Ogden—

It has been dark at the Irvington Theater since March 2020. The pandemic required doors to remain closed, but planning for what can and will be has continued – so that live theatre, movies, comedy shows and children’s shows would one day come back to life on stage.

The health and wellbeing of Irvington Village residents and the general public is a priority; this was the case before the pandemic, and is even more so now. The Village Board recognizes that safety and comfort at the historic Irvington Theater is just one part of bringing customers back to experience the power of art.

This week, the village council announced that the village will invest in a new HVAC system that will be installed to properly ventilate the theater and provide the comfort of air conditioning for everyone who visits the theater.

“The board’s approval of this project is greatly appreciated,” said theater manager Greg Allen. “Installing an HVAC system is the first step in bringing the arts back in a safe way. We have a broad vision of what the theater will be like. The HVAC system is the foundation for what lies ahead and we look forward to providing our customers with an experience that will keep them coming back for years to come.”

Irvington Theater is located in City Hall at 85 Main Street.

The project is realized thanks to the Irvington Village Board, Mayor Brian Smith, Irvington Village Administrator, Lawrence Schopfer, and local and national elected officials – all of whom support the theater’s work as the cultural heart of the Rivertowns. The theater will remain closed during this time, but will continue to host outdoor events scheduled for this fall and next spring.

“Adding an HVAC system to our historic theater is a project that has been delayed for years, if not decades, and now we have momentum to make it a reality because of the pandemic,” said Mayor Brian Smith. “I would like to thank New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​and Councilor Tom Abinanti for their financial support not only in making this project possible, but also for their continued support for the arts in the Irvington area. . areas. Aside from the obvious improvements in safety and comfort, I am especially pleased that the theater will be used all year round, as the lack of HVAC has always kept it dark from May to September.”

Irvington Theater is home to a wide variety of innovative programs that entertain, enlighten and inspire, establishing itself throughout its 119-year history as the cultural heart of the Rivertowns. Their current season, #IrvingtonAnywhere, features both in-person and online streaming events. For more information, visit:

Irvington Theater Receives Funding for All-New HVAC System, Clearing Way for Re-Opening in 2022

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