West Herr Automotive Group Announces Acquisition of Aurora Theater

EAST AURORA, NY (WKBW) – West Herr Automotive Group announced Monday the acquisition of the Aurora Theater.

Starting Tuesday, the West Herr Automotive Group will be the new owner of the theater, according to a statement and a post on its Facebook page.

The release said the theater has had six owners since 1925 and Scott Bieler with the West Herr Automotive Group is the seventh owner. It will be closed the first two weeks of February for renovation and will reopen on February 18.

Current owners, Paul and Lynn Kinsella, released the following statement on Monday:

We couldn’t be happier for the Aurora and the community to have Scott and his team take ownership of the theater and popcorn shop. Paul and I have enjoyed our time as owners and are so excited that Aurora Theater will continue for many years to come. Over the past 11 years, we are proud of the accomplishments we have had with the support of our local residents and businesses, from converting from 35mm to digital projection to navigating through a pandemic. Now is the time for a new director behind the camera.

-Lynn Kinsella

West Herr and Bieler released the following statement on Monday:

West Herr is proud and honored to be able to carry on the legacy of the Aurora Theater. The theater has played an important role in East Aurora’s history and has a long-standing reputation for providing great family entertainment for the past 97 years, and we look forward to continuing that tradition. We look forward to building on what Lynn and Paul Kinsella have built and expanding the charitable work they have done in the community. We plan to expand and hold more charity events at the theater, as well as speaker and music events. After completing some renovations to modernize the facility which will hopefully improve the overall guest experience, we are excited to have the opportunity to be the next steward of the Aurora Theater and this new opportunity for West Herr to serve our community.

-Scott Bieler

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