Corning’s Masonic Temple has been standing for almost 100 years, and is now in jeopardy of being demolished by the end of this summer. Over the years, it has served many purposes, providing housing for freemasons,
The building has been abandoned for over 17 years and has been through several planned residential renovations, all of which have failed. The Corning Public Theater has set out to purchase, save, and restore the building.
There is no major structural damage to the original building, other than the roof needing immediate replacement, but the interior is slowly deteriorating; including the stage inside the 700 seat main theater, banquet hall and kitchen area.
“What we’re trying to do is restore the theater inside the building and make that not only a community based performing arts space but also a place for us to have events, bands, comedians, storytelling festivals, all types of things for the community.” said Eric Griffin, founder of the Corning Public Theater.
The Corning Public Theater has established a GoFundMe to help raise funds to purchase and renovate the building.
The motto of the theater is “Creating Community, One Performance at a Time”. They believe that with the help of the community, they can fulfill their mission which is to enrich the social, cultural, and economic growth of our region by bringing people together through artistic expression and opportunity.