Downtown Theater Asks For Millions To Help Reopen

The Downtown Novato Theater has asked at a city council meeting for $2 million to help reopen the long-closed theater.

Photo by Rem O'Donnelley

Tuesday night's city council meeting there was a presentation made by the Novato Theater where they asked the city for $2 million dollars.

During the presentation, Novato Theater Board president Dietrich Stroeh showed a video which detailed work that has been done and is being done to the theater. This included mentioning the Novato Fire Protection District which is helping to design the sprinkler system and the North Marin Water District which is considering installing the water pipeline.

The city council chambers were filled with supporters of the theater. The theater group stated the millions was needed to help reopen it. While the total cost is estimated to be $3.5 million, the group is counting on partnerships and public donations to raise an estimated $1.5 million.

The presentation stated that they expect to be able to create 25 new jobs and recurring state and local tax revenues of $125,000 with the theater reopening plus state and local tax revenues of $258,000. They also estimate an ongoing operation revenue at $1.6 million annually.

The ultimate vision of the theater will be to show live theater, music as well as broadcasting live opera performances. If all goes according to their plans in these early stages, construction will start in March.

Sam January 30, 2014 at 02:04 PM
Tina , Its simple as people like you vote the wrong people into office and then you think you can speak for them . Ever think you are part of the problem with the postings
Tina McMillan January 30, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Sam: ========================================== You assume you know who I vote for as well as assuming that comments to Patch have anything to do with what the council does with money from Measure F or the General Fund. ========================================== Patch is a forum where people get to discuss everything from local government to gardening. Free speech and diverse views are the basis for journalism in America. If not Patch then the IJ and the Advance are both local news sources.
Bob Ratto January 30, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Roger The pension wave is a difficult one to keep on top of...in talking with Jeanne, another challenge is cities like San Rafael (which have huge unfunded pension liabilities) will offer compensation levels to employees that are higher than what we would ordinarily offer (they have the $$ for now, because they don't fund their pensions)-results in wages driven up. As I understand most of the pension reform being proposed by Chuck Reed-it is to set up a second tier with lower pensions offered to new employees, to slow the growth in liabilities down. Shortfalls in pension earnings from CalPers come directly from city budgets...your taxes; and they do not have a terribly stellar investment record.
Roger January 30, 2014 at 07:41 PM
Ratto: Thanks. The private company I work for had a tiered pension system imposed 7 years ago. The pilots union has a tiered program for old vs new pilots. Seems only fair that the trend hit the civil servants some year soon.
Bob Ratto January 30, 2014 at 07:50 PM
Roger Yes, well I wish I had a pension...my investment adviser verbally abuses me when I do not make monthly contributions, which come right out of my business.... thing with pensions is, at some point you do run out of others people money.


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