Editor's Note:The following was release was submitted by the City of Peekskill this morning.
UPDATE, 11:15 a.m.: Bob Knight, a spokesman for the Peekskill Common Council, declined to release additional information on Red House Entertainment and the Paramount Phoenix Group until the Feb. 13 presentation.
Bjorn Olsson, executive director of the 843-seat Tarrytown Music Hall, told Patch in an interview in October that his group would have interest in managing the Paramount if the city solicited proposals.
“We would have to consider the RFP,” Olsson said at the time. “We think the Paramount should be a viable stage in Westchester and we would definitely consider putting in a proposal. A lot of it depends on what details come out of the RFP. We don’t know what they’re looking for yet.”
Olsson said the Tarrytown Hall Music Hall has been able to grow 10 to 30 percent annually despite the recession.
The City of Peekskill received proposals from three parties interested in leasing, operating, and managing the City's historic Paramount Theater. According to members of the Paramount Proposal Review Committee (comprised of elected officials, business leaders, and community members), all three groups provided unique and interesting approaches to how they would run the City-owned theater.
The three entities that propose to lease, operate, and manage the Paramount Theater are:
- The Paramount Phoenix Group
- Red House Entertainment
- Tarrytown Music Hall
"The Review Committee has vetted the proposals and recommends that the City can move forward. We will not need to solicit additional groups," says Bob Knight, spokesman for the City.
The three proposers will be invited to make presentations at a Common Council Work Session slated for Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public and the media.
"The Mayor and Council are pleased with the progress and look forward to the Paramount springing back into action," says Knight.