The historic theater has been the center of a lot of discussion recently, mostly about how to preserve landmark building. On August 2nd of 2012, the theater posted notice that it would be closing temporarily and to “check our website for updates on the reopening”.
Since that time the theater has remained closed and momentum to preserve it has gained traction. Most recently by Nick Carabetta, a 28 year old restaurant manager at Crema Cafe located just a few doors down from the theater. “I didn’t want it to be sold and be turned into retail, which is still a possibility,” said Carabetta.
Concern among locals over the theaters fate began in 2008 when owner Rena L. Singer listed it for $3.3 million. Until recently there has not been a unified effort with the deep pockets to see it preserved. But Carabetta is hoping to change that. Nick said he has already filed the paperwork to create the Bay Theater Foundation and is hoping to get donations and support.
For Nick, the theater, which was founded in 1947, is important because it promotes “community involvement” and because “it’s an old building that everyone loves, and, you know a lot of people want to see it saved.” He has established an email address (email@example.com) where parties interested in the foundation may get more information.
With such a lofty price tag and assuming a moderate level of deferred maintenance, is it even financially feasible to attempt preservation?
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