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Lack of state guidance on theaters, music venues prompts owners to look at private showings & events

Music venues and movie theaters have been patiently waiting for guidance on how they would be permitted to move forward amid the Coronavirus Pandemic for months.

While movie theater operators have been hit particularly hard – it’s also been more than eight months since live music performances were allowed to take place at actual theaters or music venues.

Even as musical performances have been allowed at some pubs, bars, and restaurants.

One such operator in Syracuse is doing something unique.

“It makes it extremely difficult for us to conduct business. We’re treading a fine line with what’s acceptable, what’s not acceptable, based on the fact that we’re a live music venue,” Dan Mastrondardi, the owner of Westcott Theater in Syracuse told WSYR-TV.

The last time Westcott Theater hosted a live event was in early-March. Now, with the holidays coming up – Mastrondardi is looking at the prospect of opening up for small private parties and movie screenings.


“It was just something I put out there to see what the energy was on it. We bought a new projector to be able to do live streams during COVID as a way to venue bands that are playing over the internet,” he added. “Especially with holidays coming up, we want to be able to offer holiday parties and things of that nature where people get the opportunity in the community to socialize with your friends, not in a home, get out of the house a little bit… we’re all kind of cooped up.”

The venue is requiring that interested parties fill out an online form or email [email protected]

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