City has interest in buying Paradise Theater

Dec. 4, 2009

The city is exploring whether there is any historic preservation money to aid in the redevelopment of the Paradise Theater, 6229 W. Greenfield Ave.

Officials are in the early stages of seeing whether state funds are available to help the city purchase the property, with the ultimate goal of getting it into the hands of a private developer, city Planner Shaun Mueller said.

"We're just seeing what's out there to see if we could assist moving those properties along," Mueller said.

The building is vacant and now owned by the State Bank of Chilton after a foreclosure forced out the Paradise Family Life Center, which held religious services there for about four years.

The Paradise Theater, which opened in 1929, has struggled to attract a permanent tenant since it stopped showing movies in 1996.

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