- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) - Officials at the Chautauqua Institution have decided to hold off on deciding the future of the western New York cultural site’s historic amphitheater.

The institution’s board decided last year to tear down most of the 120-year-old outdoor theater and replace it with a $30 million modern replica. Chautauqua officials say the upgrades are need to improve safety, comfort and viewing for the patrons who flock to the venue each summer for concerts and lectures.

Preservationists oppose the demolition plans and have formed a group to save the amphitheater. The Buffalo News reports (http://bit.ly/1yHyHNB ) that Chautauqua officials have agreed to the group’s request that all stakeholders get an opportunity to discuss ideas for the venue’s future.

Demolition was scheduled to begin in September. Chautauqua officials now say they’re putting off a decision until August.

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Information from: The Buffalo News, http://www.buffalonews.com

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