SCHENECTADY An insurance claim for 20-year-old damage has workers back on the Proctors ceiling, where they are taking the opportunity to refurbish an area that had not been touched up before.
Eighteen months ago, a small section of plaster fell from the ceiling above the balcony, revealing the decades-old water damage, Proctors CEO Philip Morris said.
The insurance settlement, paired with a state grant, provided enough money to redo that entire area.
“It’s going to be incredible,” Morris said.
It took 10 days to build the scaffolding to reach the ceiling. Taking it down took another week.
“It actually took longer to do the scaffolding than to do the ceiling,” Morris said.
The scaffolding was also the most expensive part of the $160,000 job.
Next door, workers are putting the final touches on the $300,000 project to turn a bank into a banquet hall and music venue. It will open in late October as Key Hall.
The long marble teller’s counter that split the room in half has been removed and reused, and workers broke through the wall to build an entrance to the Proctors arcade.
The bank vault was also demolished after a rigger carefully lifted the door out of the way. That door will be displayed in a frame on the side of the room.
“People can see this wonderful marvel of American machinery,” Morris said.
Morris will announce the hall caterer soon. Banquet bookings will begin in November. But the first group to eat there has already been chosen.
A Proctors business sponsor has reserved the hall for a private dinner for 100 employees before one of the October performances of the musical, “Young Frankenstein.”
“We had so much demand for special events during ‘Young Frankenstein’ that we did not have a single space free,” Morris said.
So he booked Key Hall.
“It looks fabulous,” he said. “In fact it looks better than I expected.”