Lights and electric sign approved for theatre

The Community Theatre League, which features locally-talented actors and directors performing on stage, has been given permission to install an electric sign and light bulbs facing westbound traffic outside the building at 100 W. Third St.

City Council Thursday night approved the certificate of appropriateness for the building owned by Williamsport Bureau of Transportation.

Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator, said the design replaces the older standard of changing letters on the marquee, which takes up man-hours, and the globe lights will illuminate the facade.

Councilman Jonathan Williamson did not vote in favor, indicating his opinion that the marquee style outside the Community Arts Center in the 200 block of West Fourth Street had a more classic look. He noted it was only his opinion.

Councilwoman Liz Miele questioned whether the bulb lights would be of a symmetrical form from a design perspective.

Councilwoman Bonnie Katz said the programmable sign is likely to be more convenient for staff who have to switch the lettering and informative for theatre-goers.

While Councilman Don Noviello approved the certificate he questioned whether the sign – which won’t be animated – would detract drivers as they approached the intersection and light at Pine Street.