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.
We will be seeking some grant funding to help with the cost but have also kicked off a
Buy-a-Seat campaign - for $100 you can have an inscription on the arm of one of the new
balcony 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.