Town Theater RFEI

posted by Michael Zoldessy on December 27, 2006 at 4:50 am

HILLSBORO, OR — Here’s some more information on the RFEI mentioned a few weeks ago.

The City of Hillsboro owns a vintage theater in the heart of downtown Hillsboro. Unfortunately, it is currently in a state of disrepair. The theater was originally built in the art deco style in the 1920s and operated as a Venetian Theatre until 1956, when it suffered significant damage in a fire. It was restored and opened in 1957 as the Town Theater. It has been closed since 1996 and has been unoccupied since that time. The City acquired the adjacent building to provide additional space for physical changes to the building such as ADA accessible restrooms which may be required by current code.

Many townspeople seem to be behind any effort that would be made to restore the theater and return it to use.

The City recently issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to entertain different concepts and plans for the restoration and use of the theater. If you are interested in responding to such a request, or if you can offer an avenue to help us get the word out, please let me know. All relevant documentation can be found at the Town Theater RFEI Site.

Thank you!

John Southgate

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Comments (1)

julienix on March 19, 2007 at 11:24 am

The Selection Advisory Committee recently interviewed two finalists and made a recommendation to City management to move forward with the renovation of the Town Theater/Venetian. The selected developer’s plans are very exciting and include a restoration of the theater to its glory as the Venetian operating as a movie/live performance venue and a European style restaurant. Although the project is in its infancy, there is has been a great deal of hope and excitement surrounding it.

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