Our Story

Our Story

The Massena Arts and Theater Association, Inc., (“MATA”) is a 501c(3) organization formed for the purpose of restoring the historic Strand Theater (the “Theatre”), located at 63-67 Main Street in Massena, New York, and creating a year-round venue for performing arts and cultural events for the general public in the greater Massena area. Until its permanent shut-down in 1995, the Theatre played a pivotal role in drawing people to the downtown area (“Downtown”). Despite several changes in ownership, the Theatre has remained sadly empty for over twenty years; its marquee no longer lighting up Main Street. As an “anchor” building, the Theatre’s restoration is crucial for the planned revitalization of Downtown. The Theatre will function not only as a movie theater, but also as a venue that offers small theatrical productions, musical performances, lectures, and other cultural events. A vibrant theater will serve as a catalyst for the creation of new cafés, restaurants, and shops in the downtown area, further attracting people from in and around Massena to Downtown.

M.A.T.A Board of Directors

R. Shawn Gray
R. Shawn Gray
President
Nathan Lashomb
Nathan Lashomb
Vice President
Raymond Fenton
Raymond Fenton
Secretary
Justin Cardinal
Justin Cardinal
Director
Ken Marlow
Ken Marlow
Director
Ian Maxwell
Ian Maxwell
Director
Dale Kramer
Dale Kramer
Director
Cathy Marich
Cathy Marich
Director