Governor Cuomo Announces New York Company Awarded Contract for National Comedy Center Project in Jamestown

Adirondack Studios in Washington County to Create Scenic Art for Exhibits at Comedy Center

June 19, 2017

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the National Comedy Center has awarded a $2.9 million contract to a New York State company, Adirondack Studios, for fabrication and installation of the scenic components of the center and its exhibits. Adirondack Studios, located in Argyle, Washington County, creates the scenic and themed environments experienced in venues that range from theme parks to casinos, museums, live shows, retail and public art. With this contract, the project continues to make progress toward its targeted summer 2018 opening. The Center will celebrate the history of comedy, the craft and its artists. 

"The National Comedy Center, once completed, will boost the local economy and spur job creation for Western New York, while creating a world-class cultural hub for visitors and residents alike," Governor Cuomo said. "This contract with Adirondack Studios brings us one step closer to completing this project, which will add further momentum to this region’s renaissance."

Construction on the National Comedy Center began in 2016 and will continue through 2018. Its 37,000 square feet of exhibit space involves construction of a new 6,000 square-foot building and the renovation of two historic buildings, which along with an exterior screening area and an adjacent Comedy Park will comprise the National Comedy Center campus. Renovation involves the restoration of the historic Jamestown Gateway train station. When it opens, the National Comedy Center is expected to draw 114,000 visitors annually and support 184 jobs.

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