Peekskill, N.Y. (February 21, 2019) – The City of Peekskill announced today that it is seeking a new operations team to operate the City-owned Paramount Theater as the current theater management relocates out of state. The Common Council plans to authorize the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) at its Council meeting on Monday, February 25 to ensure the continued success of this vibrant theater.
The Paramount has been operated since 2013 by Red House Entertainment, which approached the City to advise of its interest in bringing in additional partners to assist in augmenting programming and the theater’s community engagement.
“The last five years have been amazing as we watched the Paramount grow in both the quality of acts and audience attendance,” said Kurt Heitmann, CEO of Red House Entertainment. “It’s a beautiful theater vital to Peekskill and the Hudson Valley. With the relocation of some key players on our team, it’s time to attract key partners to help continue the growth and success of the theater. The resident non-profit Paramount Hudson Valley Arts will oversee the amazing roster of shows and community events that we have in place and are committed to a seamless transition as new partnerships are explored. We encourage everyone to continue to support this amazing theater.”
“We are grateful to Red House Entertainment for its commitment to the theater, and anticipate a smooth transition so shows and community events may continue uninterrupted. Our top priority is to ensure the theater remain open and continue to thrive during the entire process,” stated Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey.
“The City is deeply committed to the continuing success of the Paramount Theater and will seek the most qualified management team to ensure the theater’s bright future,” said City Manager Richard Leins. “While successor management is being identified, system upgrades and modernization in the theater will continue, further assuring its viability moving forward. The City has already received interest in the theater and we look forward to a positive response from the RFP.”
A vibrant downtown venue, the Paramount Theater is a popular destination for live music and performing arts. Originally built as a 1,500-seat movie palace in 1930, the theater has been designated a Westchester County Landmark and is on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places.
The Paramount Theater RFP will be widely circulated to elicit the maximum interest in the operation of the historic venue. Responses will be due forty-five (45) days after issuance. The RFP will be available on the City of Peekskill’s website and through the City Planning Office.
The City of Peekskill is located at 840 Main Street in Peekskill, NY and can be reached at 914-737-3400 or by visiting www.cityofpeekskill.com.
About the City of Peekskill
The City of Peekskill is a thriving, historic community located on the banks of the Hudson River. Just under one hour north of New York City, Peekskill is culturally and economically vibrant with abundant natural resources due to its location on the river and at the gateway to the Hudson Highlands. The City’s pedestrian-friendly downtown is buzzing with an array of dining and entertainment establishments. Offering artist lofts, studios, galleries and museums, Peekskill is home to a growing arts community and has no shortage of arts activities. The waterfront, with over three miles of continuous parkland, is a regional destination with a variety of active and passive recreation, as well as breathtaking views of the Hudson River. For more information, visit www.cityofpeekskill.com.