Restoration of the Historic St. George Theater
Centered in the historic St. George District of Staten Island, just steps from the iconic Staten Island Ferry, the magnificent 3,000-seat St. George Theatre opened its doors on December 4th, 1929. Typical of vaudeville houses of the time, the Spanish Baroque interior is filled with ornately detailed plaster and wood, as well as impressive murals, sculptures, and chandeliers. Over the ensuing decades, the building was neglected, fell into disrepair, and eventually slated for demolition. In 2004, Mrs. Rosemary Cappozalo, a prominent local dance educator, with her daughters, Luanne Sorrentino, and Doreen Cugno, started a not-for-profit organization and donated more than $1 million to save this historic theater from being torn down. With the support from the community, business leaders, elected officials, and their board of directors, the theater has been re-imagined as a music venue and has contributed to the revitalization of the St. George neighborhood. LiRo is currently providing Design/Bid/Build Services for an interior renovation that will restore the finishes throughout the building, including mezzanine seating, lobby doors, carpeting, and backstage restrooms.