The 78 Year old Parma Theater has been demolished. The theater closed its doors in September of 2012. A few weeks later, on November 16, a fire caused $750,000 damage to the lobby and offices. The theater had a "For Sale" sign on it for 2 years. Parma Mayor Tim DeGetter said that it's been two years since the theater closed and the owners have not found a buyer for the property. "If there had been developers who wanted to do something with the theater, they would have come forward," DeGeeter said. It is truly an end of an era for he historic movie theater.
Efforts by the Friends of Parma Theater organization to save the building and find a buyer for the theater and two adjoining storefronts are now in the eleventh hour.
Kathy Mabin, a member of the Friends of Parma Theater, lives in the neighborhood and has shared the group's dream of saving the theater for future generations.
"The building itself is a landmark on Ridge Road leading into the heart of the city," Mabin said. "The Friends of Parma Theater group has a vision to repurpose the structure into a multi-cultural arts center.
"It's a proven fact that the arts are catalysts for redevelopment, as is evidenced by areas like Gordon Square, Tremont and St. Clair/Superior. A multi-use facility at the Parma Theater would increase property values, attract new families and would offer an alternative form of entertainment for residents."
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"The end of an era"