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The New York Times honors Smith Opera House

The Smith Opera House, built in 1894 by William Smith, founder of the college that bears his name, was featured in a story in the Friday, Jan. 4 edition of The New York Times.

Constructed as a vaudeville theater in 1894, the 1,434-seat Smith was converted into a movie theater in 1929. The Romanesque theater, with twinkling lights in the ceiling, now serves as a performing arts venue scheduling musical and theatrical performances, lectures, and films on the largest indoor screen in the region.

It is supported, in part, with public funds from the State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by individual contributors. Its 21-member board of directors includes Robert Flowers, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs; and Sandra Bissell, Director of the Office of Human Relations, at the Colleges.

Four other historic theaters were listed in the article: The Liberty Theater, in Astoria, Ore.; The Lexington Opera House, in Lexington, Ky.; The Grand Opera House, in Meridian, Miss.; and The Pollard Theater, in Guthrie, Okla.

For more information on the Smith Opera House, call 315-781-LIVE (5483) or toll free 866-355-LIVE (5483) or visit The Smith.