SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady will be removing their iconic State Street marquee so they can go digital.
Olson Signs & Graphics of Scotia originally installed the classic marquee in the 1980’s. On Tuesday morning, Olson Signs & Graphics will be taking the marquee down and giving it the digital upgrade.
Proctor’s marquee upgrade is a part of a $250,000 project funded by local historical committees.
The theater’s renovations will also include repainting and adding insulation in front of the historic landmark.
"The main change is the panels where we have the words where we announce the various shows are coming. People are used to the black block letters, they've seen them for 30 years, they love them," said Michael Eck, with Proctor's Theater.
The CEO of Proctor’s says the digital facelift will be a safer and greener way to get their message out. Previously, employees had to go up on ladders and lifts to change event information.
Proctors signs are currently unlit; this is due to the removal of 1400 LED bulbs which occurred one week ago. The lights will soon be replaced with energy-saving bulbs once the renovations complete.
Three main panels of the marquee were taken directly to Olson's workshop.
Enhancement of the Proctor’s marquee is expected to take about four to eight weeks.