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IATSE Local 289 is a union of professional stagehands that makes possible, entertainment in the Southern Finger Lakes (Elmira, Hornell, Watkins Glen, Ithaca, Corning, Cortland) region of New York State. We are the loaders who unpack the trucks in the dark of the pre–dawn morning, bringing the show into the venue. We are the riggers who hang thousands of pounds of scenery, sound and lighting equipment above and around the stage.We are the electricians who connect the power and install and operate the sophisticated lighting of a live country music or rock & roll show. We are the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States and Canada. We have worked closely with all professional performers in all aspects of entertainment.

The members of Local 289 have an aggregate total of over 130 years of knowledge and experience to draw from in the smooth execution of Load ins, Performances and Load outs. This expertise allows our Local to work effortlessly with professional road companies as well as any and all local groups that have used our talents in the past at several locations.

Local 289 has assisted Syracuse Stage and Rigging Company and BMI Supply in the installation of complete counter weight systems. Should you, in the future, need any help or suggestions with a theatre or venue related project, or if you are contemplating promoting productions of any type in any venue, we have the talent and professional experience to help you.

The work required to present high–quality, professional stage entertainment is dangerous. The effort of running large groups of laborers working in tight spaces, under time deadlines, at great heights, with heavy equipment powered by incredible amounts of electricity requires organization, knowledge, experience, and trust in order to ensure worker safety.




EXPERIENCE: Local 289 was established in July of 1913. Prior to the advent of motion pictures we assisted in developing Elmira as one of THE STOPS for theatrical road productions preceding its run on the Great White Way! Within ten years, motion pictures had practically reduced theatrical road productions to a “has been mode of entertainment”. Locally we entered the world of motion pictures as operators and projectionists.









By 1927 – Operated 6 major movie/theatrical houses.

By 1930 - Jurisdictional area increased to include Watkins Glen, Hornell,  & Ithaca NY.

By 1945 - Operated more than 9 major movie/theatrical houses and two drive-in theatres.

By 1960 - Expanded theatre operation to our neighboring jurisdictional cities.










In 1972 - Assisted in the repair or clean up of local theatres after the flood.

In 1974 – Acted as the mainstay during the initial renovation and eventual birth of the Clemens Center.

In 1976 – A contract is signed between Local 289 and Samuel Clemens Center that states it is the responsibility of Local 289 to provide the necessary professional people to work backstage in the execution of load IN'S, performances, and load OUT'S.

In 1978 - Worked closely with the Syracuse Stage Company on the installation of the counter weight system at CPAC.

By 1980 - Increased our membership by 40%.

In 1989 - The Corning IA local merges with Local 289 and the city of Corning is included as part of our jurisdiction.








In 2000 – A contract is signed between Local 289 and Coach USA Center (became First Arena in Sept. 2003) that states it is the responsibility of Local 289 to provide the necessary professional people to work backstage in the execution of Load INS, Performances, and Load OUTS.

In 2005 – Local 272 Cortland, NY transfers theirs members to and centralizes with Local 289 of Elmira, NY

In 2008 - Local 289 was heavily involved in the Clemens Center second phase of renovation that results in adding 15 feet to the back wall and the installation of new counter weight single and double purchase system. For the start of a brand new look and a brand new season, Local 289 and the Clemens Center is chosen as the premier opening for the newly designed "Ain't Misbehavin" Broadway Tour starring Rueben Studdard.

In 2011 - Local 289 and the Clemens Center is chosen once again as the premier opening for the newly designed North American premier performance of the sparkling new production of The World’s Greatest Musical; "My Fair Lady!"

In 2011 - Local 821 TBSE of WETM-TV merges with Local 289 to become the first local of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada to have TWO departments one of which is the stage designation of "M" (Mixed) Dept. and that of Television Broadcasting Studio Employees "TBSE" Dept.

In 2017 – A decertification petition was approved by the IA in relation to all TBSE employees of Nexstar in Elmira NY. Once again IATSE Local 289 returns to classification of Stagecraft “M” Department and has removed it’s TBSE designation. A new Constitution is written and accepted by the IA.

In 2018 – IATSE Local 289 and the Clemens Center tackles and unprecedented three consecutive tech shows where-by the Broadway Companies start their world-wide tours.



We have also been employed intermittently at the following venues: Watkins Glen International Speedway, Tioga Downs Racino in Nichols, NY, Bailey Hall & Barton Hall @ Cornell University, Williamsport (PA) Performing Arts Center, Corning Incorporated, Elmira College Spring Fest, Chemung Canal Trust Co. Annual Fall Fest, Broome County Arena, and the Forum Theatre, both in Binghamton, NY.



P.O. BOX 1147
ELMIRA, NY 14902
(607) 733-7159