GVI Signs Agreement to Save Zoe Theatre in Pittsfield, Illinois

posted by rroberts on May 20, 2005 at 7:58 am

PITTSFIELD, IL – Grande Venues, headquartered in Wheaton, Illinois, signed a unique consulting agreement with the City of Pittsfield, Illinois to perform a “Modified Arts Assessment and Feasibility Study” for the region. The contract begins immediately to determine if the public will support the Zoe Theatre located downtown Pittsfield.

The theatre has been shuttered for many years. Bill McCartney of the Economic Development Office said that “this is a a good way for us to determine whether the community will support a theatre. Before we spend funds, let’s see if the project will fly.” GVI begins their work immediately. Paul Warshauer, Mike Novelli and their staff will interview the public, members in the arts and education community, city officials, business leaders, and “angels.”

After the meetings, GVI will create a report to identify and/or create entities to take title to the property. Then in Phase Two, GVI will train and empower qualified parties to restore and operate the Zoe Theatre. Other properties in the neighborhood could be involved to provide dressing rooms, rehearsal and storage space and a catering kitchen. Warshauer said, “We can do this in any town with a regional population of over 7,500 people. Call on us.” The group begins its interview on May 23 and continues with public and private meetings. Their report is due mid summer. Work could begin on restoration by the fall.

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