Crest Theatre Undergoing $1 Million Interior Renovation


Staff report

Soon the inside of Old School Square’s Crest Theatre will have a new look.

The interior of the theatre is currently under renovation thanks to a $1 million donation from Margaret Blume.

Her donation allowed Old School Square to begin phase one of the interior renovations, designed by Walters Zackria Architects in conjunction with SWC Building & Design, Inc. Old School Square officials said the goal of the project is to bring a breath of fresh air to the 1925 nationally registered historic building while keeping the warmth of the site intact.

The first phase of the two-phase project is scheduled to be completed on Nov. 1.

The first phase includes a number of upgrades including; adding automatic openers to the main entrance doors, opening up the lobby to allow for more natural light, updating the first-floor restrooms, adding additional lobby seating, replacing outdated carpet and updating the Crest Theatre Box Office and Lobby bar.

“We are more than excited,” said Holland Ryan, Chief Operating Officer and staff member of Old School Square for the last 20 years, “We’re working with the parameters of the existing building. And we’re putting the money where it will be of most use, both structurally and visually.”

During the first phase of renovations, the Crest Theatre building will be closed to the general public. The box office and Creative Art School registration area will be available at the Cornell Museum and online at

Blume also made a major donation to help pay for renovations to the Cornell Art Museum.