The Paramount theatre and property were 'gifted' to the city in November

Proposals sought by city for old Paramount theatre

The City of Chilliwack is inviting proposals for the use of the Paramount theatre, a longtime landmark in the city's downtown.

The City of Chilliwack is inviting proposals for the use of the Paramount theatre, a longtime landmark in the city’s downtown.

“We’ve heard from many people who have fond memories of the old theatre, and creative ideas for future uses,” Mayor Sharon Gaetz said in a news release.

“We’re looking for proposals that will put an idea into action with a detailed business plan, as there are many issues and financial implications that need to be considered.”

She said “limited maintenance” was conducted during the final years of the theatre’s operation and estimated repairs could cost from $150,000 to $250,000.

“There are significant cosmetic issues, serious electrical concerns, no insulation in the building, a leaking roof, and the boiler, built and installed in the 1940s, is broken,” she said.

The theatre and property were “gifted” to the city in November, 2010.

A formal request for proposals will be published on Oct. 3 and will close Dec. 7. The document defining the format and procedures for making a proposal will be available on Oct. 3 at www.chilliwack.com/bids.

Groups or individuals making a proposal must submit a written description of the proposed use, demonstrate the capacity to make all the improvements needed to the building, specify required lease terms and demonstrate the financial ability to complete improvements without financial assistance from the city

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