The prospective owner of the Auburn Schine Theater is turning to the public to help with one part of the theater's restoration.
Schines Theater LLC is offering $5,000 for the return of the 1938 art deco theater's blade sign, the theater's current owner, the Cayuga County Arts Council, told The Citizen.
The 60-foot sign, which said "AUBURN SCHINES" in vertically arranged letters, was removed in 1970.
Todd Gaglianese, the Schine's former building manager, said the sign was removed because it was rusty and fell into disrepair. He recalled seeing it lying on its side in the theater in 1980, the year it became Charlie's Night Club. At the time, the Schine was owned by Pentagon Realty, a corporation with late Auburn attorney John Pettigrass as its principal, according to The Citizen archives.