Planning board gets look at theater plans

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM.

Collins renovation of the theater will take place over two phases, he said. He said the building could become an anchor for a revitalization of Reid Avenue.

“I want the old theater to be a community-use theater,” Collins said.

Once the purchase of the theater is closed, Collins plans on holding two public meetings to receive input from residents on ideas for the “highest and best use” of the theater.

Collins plans at this time are to convert the first floor of the theater into a room conducive to large community functions as well as concerts and recitals.

He hopes to partner with the Gulf Coast State College and Florida State University and their arts programs to bring arts education and performances to Port St. Joe.

While he intends no permanent seating at this time, the first floor could accommodate a significantly-sized function, he said.

“I want the first floor to be a multi-use area,” Collins said.

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