[UPDATE] Peekskill Releases Names of Paramount Theater Management Candidates

The three proposers will make public presentations during a Feb. 13 Common Council work session.

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 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.

Patty Villanova February 05, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Aside from the Tarrytown Music Hall, which has a proven track record, who are the others?
Joel Berger February 05, 2013 at 04:11 PM
I googled Red House . . . nothing of interest came up. I'd give it to the Music Hall if I were making this decision.
Floyd Kitty February 05, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Nice job Mr Knight, you have told us nothing. Is Red House run by Jimi Hendrex and is Phoenix run by Arnie P???? I am sure the outcome will be based on politics more then the goal of success as they have done with the BID takeover. I only wish the taxpayers could have a vote of no confidence like the British do.
Collegenurse February 05, 2013 at 04:39 PM
I agree the TMH is a great place...and they have good shows.
elizabeth February 05, 2013 at 05:00 PM
i hope it goes to a group that will give the city money so that the taxpayers dont have to keep paying them like we have for years
Fly on the Wall February 05, 2013 at 05:02 PM
I just hope they don't have Rap concerts there!
JM February 05, 2013 at 05:12 PM
When one is serious about running a business, s/he takes the time to - at the very least - register an LLC. Even for a bid. When one is trying to get the business s/he might go as far as engaging the population ahead of time.... get them excited -- can you see a fan FB page set up for the ''Red House Ent.'' to take over the Paramount? Yes, I can. But I don't. And rise from the ashes, as would a phoenix, a new and exciting chapter in this theater of ours is dependent upon only one legit company -- and two no one, not even the Wall Street Journal, can find anything about. Not a very transparent start.
C. Anderson February 05, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Lets hope we get lots of hip hop an rap, lil wayne is the serious joint. We need to start filling the theater with our proud brothas and sistas. Also we could use some of that Ecuadorian stuff, the girls on the posters around town are HOT. Enough with this old cracker crap they always have.
Janice February 05, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Really c. Anderson cracker crap??
Angel125 February 05, 2013 at 07:40 PM
C.Anderson you are just trying to get something going with your black slang for whites.I got your number trouble maker.
Liz Claire February 05, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Only Tarrytown Music Hall is a registered business in Westchester. The others are illegal businesses. Why would Foster and Hvernack gift our City's greatest asset to an illegal business unless they are profiting from it? This stinks.
Floyd Kitty February 05, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Just saw your first on camera TV (News 12) appearance Bob Knight, representing the City of Peekskill on the Paramount, Great Job - with a poster for Branchville Village behind you! 65K and you miss obvious details, looks like you should run for the common council in the next election. Another Great choice....BTW is Bill Powers still collecting a check from the city for his weak and puny contributions to PR???
man about town February 06, 2013 at 05:21 AM
Bowery Presents is a powerful and extremely successful operation. Might be worth throwing a line to them for interest if the RFP can bait them.
Patty Villanova February 06, 2013 at 12:29 PM
In Greek mythology the Phoenix was a long lived bird that cyclically regenerated itself, obtaining new life and arising from the ashes of its predecessor. In the case of the Paramount caper, the operative word for Phoenix is "myth."
Margaret Steele February 06, 2013 at 12:47 PM
I was heartened to see Tarrytown Music Hall among the candidates. The other two, with no web presence and apparently no track record, don't at first glance seem viable. Being in the entertainment business myself, I know of other viable and interested potential candidates who never knew about the RFP until well past the deadline. Nonetheless, for a number of reasons, TMH would be an excellent choice.
sayitsnotsojack February 07, 2013 at 01:47 AM
NOT one dollar of taxpayer money to any of these groups, either pay your own way or no way! No sweetheart deals either, the rent is due the first of the month.
Tina Bongar February 07, 2013 at 02:05 AM
man about town, I agree wholeheartedly about Bowery Presents, great presenters and promoters, know their audience, and push the programming envelope so they are constantly growing and selling out their shows. With their kind of successful theaters and business models, even to consider adding the Paramount to their other slate of theaters, would take 3 to 4 months. To do a proper business plan, present to investors, get the kind of cred the RFP supposedly requires, would be at least that time, at least... So frankly I'm disappointed because I think the City could have, and should have, cast a much wider net and time frame. The thinking seems to be, hurry hurry let's get someone in there because the downtown is desperate, we need the Paramount. Has the Paramount been sustaining businesses over the last few years? Did I miss something? We all know it could be a rebuilder to downtown, and has been before... so why not take six months and find a group who could build it for the next few decades? Okay I think the Tarrytown Music Hall has found programming for their demo's pretty successfully, that's a great start. The others are a well-funded production company, the other Arne Paglia, and I can't guess whether he's Red Hot or a Phoenix but who knows, maybe he'd get the funds for programming hire. It's pretty clear though that the only RFP responder who can provides requisites of the RFP, out of the gate, is Tarrytown Music Hall. I'm going to go now dream about Bowery Presents...
john basic February 07, 2013 at 03:21 AM
It seems like the TMH group should be the ones unless someone in the other two groups have a very strong connection to the entertainment industry.
john basic February 07, 2013 at 03:57 AM
The The Paramount Phoenix Group sounds like it was organized after the Paramount went out of business. I would prefer an established organization to try to make the Paramount a success and not a start up organization
StrongNurse February 09, 2013 at 09:03 AM
@Angel125 - not agreeing with C.Andersons comment but Fly on the Walls comment was a bit cryptic and unnecessary. I would love to see diversity in the artists and shows selected to play at the theater
Wendy Kelly February 13, 2013 at 02:15 PM
I perfer to see Tarrytown Music Hall that has experience running a business.
Wendy Kelly February 13, 2013 at 02:20 PM
http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013302110056 3 Emmy's for Audio Engineering and being a native doesn't cut it for me. "I have put together a great team with three other partners". Sound like they just formed a business recently I say no way.
ED HICKEY February 13, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Must sentiments echo those of Ms. Kelly, Bongar, and Villanova, among many spoken with regarding the opinions of the future direction of Paramount management and the blatant disregard by the current administration to follow standard protocols for RFP processes and/or any other "midnight run" decisions made to avoid further scrutiny or get attention of other government watchdogs. "Sprint through and maybe they won't notice us" is the way today of an opaque city government that concurrently is, to their dismay, exposed to even the average "joe", like myself in their horrid disregard to public opinion and the fuel of personal political agendas guiding the major decision making processes. No business track record = no chance at managing The Paramount in my opinion; the theatre is too pivotal of a potential income generating entity to play these "games" in light of the fact that our local government has the city on the verge of financial collapse. Dare I say this hastened process follows the same model as the one that allowed interim COP only two months to present his ability to perform the responsibilities required? Yep. TAN's and BAN's hover though Peekskill's monarchy entertains groups thrown together at a Sunday band jam session
Wendy Kelly February 13, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Ed great minds think alike and I care very much for the future of Peekskill. I like that Kelly, Bongar and Villanova has a nice ring to it.
ED HICKEY February 14, 2013 at 03:57 AM
It certainly does Ms. Kelly and I can only hope many of Peekskill's residents' eyes are opened to have the insight followed by the genuine caring for our hometown displayed by the "trio" noted above (which includes you) and many others that have taken a vested interest in watching/listening to "politics as usual". There is always hope ....
Mike C March 20, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I hope they do... I'll blow up all of your racist comments from the Patch and post them around the venue with your picture.


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