- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 9, 2016

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - A New York judge is expected to decide later this week whether to allow construction at the storied Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater to go on.

State Supreme Court Judge Frank Sedita heard testimony Monday in a case that pits preservationists against the administration of the western New York education and arts retreat.

A group called the Committee to Preserve the Historic Chautauqua Amphitheater and five property owners sued last month to block the institution’s plans to demolish and rebuild the 122-year-old amphitheater.

Chautauqua Institution spokesman George Murphy says the judge is expected to rule Thursday on whether to further extend a court-ordered delay of the project.

Countless notable figures have taken the open-air theater’s stage, including Amelia Earhart, Ella Fitzgerald, and Robert Kennedy.

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