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Auburn Schines Theater owner vows to pick up pace of renovation work

A familiar piece of downtown Auburn is going away, but only for a little while.

Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason says the developer working on the renovation of Schines Theater on South St. will be removing the marquee for some much-needed rehab work.

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After a delay of several months, theater owner Bowers Development of East Syracuse plans to move ahead with work on the theater this summer. The Schines was opened in 1938, showing the Erroll Flynn film “Four’s a Crowd.” It’s one of the last art deco theaters designed by Ukrainian-American architect John Eberson in existence. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.

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Public discontent has been growing for the past few years over the slow lack of progress toward renovating the theater. Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason below.