Top Stories 2012: Paramount Theater Shutters

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The closing of the Paramount Theater made our Top Stories of 2012 list. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – The sudden announcement that Peekskill's Paramount Theater would shut its doors for an undetermined amount of time sent a shock wave through the community. The story made our Top 10 Stories in 2012.

The theater announced it would suspend operations Oct. 3. The city of Peekskill, which owns the building, soon after announced it would seek requests for proposals for an operator of the theater. The theater had been operated by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with assistance from the city, including an annual $50,000 contribution and help with utility bills.

The latest RFPs require that operators pay all costs, hold at least 100 shows per year, and send annual reports to the city. The deadline for RFPs was Dec. 19. Peekskill officials said they would begin interviewing candidates to operate the building at work sessions.

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The shutting down of this theater was a bit flashy. Many were shocked with this news. I could use this news to offer some good deals to my clients on window shades .

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