Big Brass Surprise for Curtain Up

September 13, 2012 Updated Sep 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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September 13, 2012 Updated Sep 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY
(WKBW)
Just think what it would be like getting glammed up to go to a show during the roaring 20's at Shea's. Well now you can walk through the same doors, well kind of.

The doors on the Main Street side of Shea's Performing Arts Theatre have been replaced with doors made of raw brass, an exact replica of what they looked like in 1926.

Anthony Conte, the president of Shea's tells Eyewitness News they spent the past two and a half years scouring newspaper articles, photos, and original architecture plans for the $600,000 project.

It took Jamestown company, Dawson Doors six months to complete just in time for the start of the theatre season and Friday's big Curtain Up event.

"This was timed to coincide with the opening of Curtain Up. We cut it close, they just finished the doors yesterday(Wednesday) so we're very excited that the folks who come down for Curtain Up tomorrow (Friday) night will be the first to really see the new doors and use them," said Conte.

The doors on the Pearl Street side will also be replaced in the same style. The inside of the auditorium is also getting a makeover. That $2.5 million dollar project started a year ago and is expected to be completed in four years.

Fifteen theatres are participating in Curtain Up and there is also a free after party on Main Street featuring live entertainment.

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