The balcony of the Walton Theatre has remained essentially unchanged since the theatre opened in 1914. The original wooden seats are are still in place although many are damaged or in bad shape. The floors have not been refinished in many, many years and the trim is badly in need of repainting.
In deciding to take on the project of restoring the balcony, the committee worked with Three Oaks Design of Walton to come up with a plan. As can be seen from the plan below, we plan on replacing most of the balcony seats with seats matching those downstairs (we do plan to keep a row of restored original seats in the balcony). We are also putting special seating in the wings of the balcony and along the top row and two box seats in the center. We are also redesigning the sound and lighting console to handle our updated equipment. Carpeting will be installed on the steps and aisles and new step lighting will be installed. We introduced out plans at the theatre booth at the fair and now have an example of some of the special seating in the theatre lobby.
Work on theatre balcony has now begun. All the seats have been removed and placed in storage. At some point in the near future the committee will begin offering them for sale. Now that the seats are out, construction will begin on the sound and lighting console and some of the special seating and then at the beginning of February the floors will be refinished.
The next steps will be the restoration of one row of original seats, electrical work, fabrication of tables for balcony wings, installation of new seats and carpeting.
The Walton Theatre Preservation Association is applying for a couple of grants to help with the cost of this project but is also still accepting $100 donations have people's names placed on seats. Click on the buy button below and we will get back to you on the info you want on the seat.
The Walton Theatre is a historic theatre in Walton, NY. This non-profit theatre aims to bring music and entertainment to the community. We are grateful to have so much support from our community in order to keep this beautiful, historic building a place for families and friends to make memories.