A STATEN ISLAND TREASURE

Once beloved, then forgotten, it sat like the borough it resides in, an oft-afterthought.  Now the St. George Theatre in Staten Island is truly a “Treasure of New York,” as is the family who gave life to this once dilapidated landmark.  We’ve got your glimpse inside it’s majesty.

Aired on October 19, 2017. 

TRANSCRIPT

CALLED THE FORGOTTEN BOROUGH BUT WITH NEWS OF THE FOERT COMING EMPIRE AND THE WORLD'S TALLEST FERRIS WHEEL, THE NORTH SHORE OF THE ISLAND HAS SEEN UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH IN RECENT YEARS AND AT THE CENTER OF IT ALL, THE ST. GEORGE THEATER.

A NEW DOCUMENTARY, 'TREASURES OF NEW YORK, ST. GEORGE THEATER' SETS OUT TO TELL THE STORY OF THIS INSTITUTION AND THE STATEN ISLAND FAMILY THAT BROUGHT HER BACK TO LIFE.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

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FROM THE NORTHERN TIP OF STATEN ISLAND A SURPRISING STEAL OF PERSEVERANCE AND TRANSFORMATION.

IT'S A SURVIVOR OF A PAST ERA.

THE BEAUTY OF IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE.

THE WORKMANSHIP.

ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE.

THE ST. GEORGE THEATER NEARLY SUCCUMB TO THE RAVAGES OF TIME.

IT BECAME VACANT.

PEOPLE WOULD DRIVE BY IT ON THE WAY TO THE FERRY.

THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THE HECK WAS GOING ON.

UNTIL IT CAPTURED THE HEART OF ONE TENACIOUS STATEN ISLAND FAMILY.

SOMEBODY HAD TO DO IT AND WE KNEW IT WASN'T GOING TO BE EASY.

TODAY THE THEATER IS A THRIVING PERFORMANCE VENUE AND DYNAMIC COMMUNITY GATHERING PLACE.

THROUGH STAGE DRAWS WORLD CLASS TALENT AND HELPING CHANGE THE FACE OF THE BOROUGH.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

I WALKED IN HERE AND THOUGHT OH MY GOD.

THIS IS BEAUTIFUL.

WE'RE HAVING THE SHOW HERE, FULL HOUSE, AND YOU CAN FEEL THE LOVE IN THE ROOM.

WHAT AN AMAZING FEELING.

JOIN US BEHIND THE CURTAIN OF THE HISTORIC ST. GEORGE THEATER, A ONE OF A KIND JEWEL THAT DEFIED THE WRECKING BALL TO BECOME A TRUE TREASURE OF NEW YORK.

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TREASURES OF NEW YORK, ST.

GEORGE THEATER PREMIERS OCTOBER 19th AL 9:00 P.M. AND OCTOBER 22nd AT 7:00 P.M. ON 13.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT WLIW.ORG/TREASURES.

Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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