The recent renovations to the Hamilton Movie Theater will have vast positive repercussions throughout the entire community, said village mayor RuthAnn Loveless.

“This is a wonderful project for a first-rate theater that shows first-rate films, but it is much broader than that,” Loveless said just before the official ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 11. “This promises to bring even more people to our community from outside of the area and that in turn will benefit not just the theater but other local businesses as well.”

The renovations promise a more comfortable movie going experience, while at the same time preserving the historic ambiance of the 1895 former opera house.

The $1.5-million-dollar project was funded by Colgate University. It included a new heating, cooling and ventilating system, a concession stand with a 1920s feel, a facelift to the lower front lobby, updates to the restrooms and new reclining seats.

The theater showed its last film May 12 before the renovations began. After a soft opening Oct. 10, the gala event was held the following afternoon as the street filled with film fans to watch as the ribbon was cut. Members of the Spot Dance Center performed and then ceremoniously opened the door to the wonderment inside.

Liam McDevitt of the Hamilton Initiative said there were a lot of meetings bringing a lot of minds together to make the project a reality. That effort definitely paid off.

“There is a real sense of camaraderie in this project,” he explained. “I think we can be proud that we helped in something that will be an historical landmark for many years to come.”

Theater manager Sean Nevison agreed.

“As a community member I am glad to have been a part of this,” he said. “It’s something not only I will be a part of but that my own children will be able to enjoy for many years.”