Uptown Directory

Live Life

 

For Immediate Release:
Uptown Saint John Wants Ideas for Paramount Theatre
The former Paramount Theatre on Kings Square may have a new lease on life - Uptown Saint John Inc. officials have entered into a short-term agreement with the current building owner to explore ways in which the old theatre can potentially be used.
Over the past couple of months Uptown Saint John Inc. has been in talks with the current owner of the Paramount Theatre, Daeres Trucking and Demolition, to stall and perhaps eliminate the possibility of the building’s demolition.
“We are fortunate to be dealing with a property owner who really doesn’t want to demolish the building if there is another use for it,” said Matt Alexander, President of Uptown Saint John. “We feel that there is community support for the building’s renewal, and that is why we’ve entered into a short-term option agreement to explore the possibility of re-purposing the building for one or more new uses.”
Uptown Saint John Inc. has purchased a short-term option to see what uses the community may have for the old theatre, if it were rehabilitated. A feasibility study will be conducted over the next ten weeks to see if there is a solid case for the building’s renewal. Funding for the study is provided by the Province of New Brunswick thanks to the efforts of Ed Doherty.
“This will be a highly consultative process where we will be engaging the public and various key stakeholders to gain insight into what might be appropriate uses for this large flexible structure” said Peter Asimakos, General Manager of Uptown Saint John Inc. “It’s a clean slate and a large one so we know that there could be a number of compatible uses taking place in the building.”
In 2008 Uptown Saint John unveiled the District Wealth Creation Strategy that made a number of recommendations on how to leverage existing cultural assets in the uptown, for economic gain and added vibrancy to the area. “We are being strategic in our efforts by following the recommendations of this strategy – one of its key recommendations is the identification of seven precincts within the uptown.” The Paramount Theatre was identified as being a key asset in the King’s Square Performing Arts District which envisions building on the success of the Imperial Theatre utilizing indoor and outside spaces in and around the Square.
The public is encouraged to follow the progress on this project and provide feedback by logging on to the Uptown Saint John Inc. website at www.uptownsj.com.
-30-
Uptown Saint John Inc. represents over 700 businesses and property owners in a 30 block area of the city centre. Our mission is to contribute to member success through advocacy; promotion and support of a growing, vibrant and diverse cultural and business environment, leveraging assets such as heritage, waterfront and the arts, and the growing population to create a desirable place to live, work and play.
For more information:
Peter Asimakos
General Manager
Uptown Saint John Inc
506.633-9797
Direct Line 633-1426

Views: 370

Comment

You need to be a member of Uptown Directory to add comments!

Join Uptown Directory

Comment by Ascension Acrobatics on February 7, 2011 at 9:27am
It would be a great location for Trampoline ,Tumbling, classes but the expenses are to much for my small club to handle.
Comment by Informative Computer Solutions on October 7, 2010 at 11:59pm
I wish there were more comments on this issue. The paramount needs to be restored. The charm of that building alone is a great asset to Saint John and it is sad to walk by it and see it in its state. I personally would love to see it turned into a theatre showcasing local talents, films, music, and everything Saint John has to offer in the arts sector.

I understand that the building is a huge expense and the costs to occur and maintain would be huge but perhaps having classes taught their in a section for various classes whether it be dance classes, acting classes etc. could help also.

I personally will be sharing this link on my twitter, facebook and websites I manage to get the word out on this and try and get more ideas brought forward.

Zack Spear
Informative Computer Solutions
CEO
www.informativecomputersolutions.com
Comment by happinez wine bar on September 4, 2010 at 6:54pm
Great idea! We do need this theatre restored and back in operation to give people an opportunity to see films and potentially other forms of art and music in the Uptown core. We have all seen what the Imperial theatre has done for Saint John...

Peter Smit
happinez wine bar
42 Princess Street
Saint John, NB
E2L 1K2
www.happinezwinebar.com

The Think City

Uptown Recycles

Uptown SJ Geocache

Cruise Ship Schedule

Groups

Latest Activity

Uptown Saint John Inc posted a video

Video Pick of the Week: Chop Chop at York Bistro

Chef Josh is joined by Liam from North Market Seafood as they discuss the wonderful local fish being served on the special Chop Chop menu at the York Bistro ...
13 hours ago
Brunswick Square Shopping Centre posted an event

Apryll Aileen at Centre Court, Brunswick Square

December 7, 2014 from 1pm to 2pm
Join us at Centre Court on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 1 PM to be serenaded by the beautifully talented Apryll Aileen! The home-grown songstress will be performing at Centre Court!Don't miss a great performance! See More
18 hours ago
New Brunswick Museum updated an event
Thumbnail

1812: The New Brunswick Story - exhibition at the New Brunswick Museum at New Brunswick Museum, 1 Market Square, Saint John, NB, E2L4Z6

October 22, 2014 at 9am to January 4, 2015 at 5pm
Until January 4, 2015: 1812: The New Brunswick Story exhibition at the New Brunswick Museum. On June 18, 1812 the United States declared war on Britain and placed His Majesty’s colonies in British North America (now Canada) in peril. Already fighting a life and death struggle with Napoleon, Britain had no desire for a conflict on two fronts. The United States, on the other hand, felt their young independence threatened by a British embargo on American trade with France, the seizure of British…See More
20 hours ago
New Brunswick Museum updated an event
Thumbnail

The Lost War: 1776-1783 - exhibition at the New Brunswick Museum at New Brunswick Museum, 1 Market Square, Saint John, NB, E2L4Z6

October 22, 2014 at 9am to January 4, 2015 at 5pm
Until January 4, 2015: The Lost War: 1776-1783 exhibition at the New Brunswick Museum. New Brunswick was created out of the western portion of Nova Scotia in 1784 as a result of the American War of Independence. Many had opposed rebellion. More than 500,000 of these Tories or Loyalists existed at one time or another but most chose to remain part of American society. For others, at least 60,000, exile was the only alternative. In 1783, over 30,000 boarded vessels in New York for Nova Scotia and…See More
20 hours ago
New Brunswick Museum updated an event
Thumbnail

Future Fossil Tools: Early Explorations Exhibition at the New Brunswick Museum at New Brunswick Museum, 1 Market Square, Saint John, NB, E2L4Z6

October 22, 2014 at 9am to January 4, 2015 at 5pm
September 11, 2014 – January 4, 2015. New Brunswick artist Carol Taylor continues her exploration of the interaction between geological processes and human presence. The exhibition is the further development of artistic concepts first shown at the NBM in 2011. In the original exhibition, Carol Taylor conceived of Future Fossils as artworks that considered the continuum of geological processes in combination with vestiges of human presence. An aspect of her inquiry was inspired by a group of…See More
20 hours ago
New Brunswick Museum updated an event
Thumbnail

Forming a Vision: The Art and Geology of the Stonehammer Geopark Exhibition at the New Brunswick Museum at New Brunswick Museum, 1 Market Square, Saint John, NB, E2L4Z6

October 22, 2014 at 9am to January 4, 2015 at 5pm
September 11, 2014 – January 4, 2015. The exhibition features 20 pieces of artwork from the permanent collection of the NBM, dating between 1805 and 2008. Stonehammer Geopark contains some of the most extensively documented landscapes in New Brunswick.  For more than 200 years artists and photographers have taken inspiration from the magnificent vistas and natural wonders that abound. Two aspects of the landscape, in particular, have drawn the most attention: The Reversing Falls Rapids in Saint…See More
20 hours ago
New Brunswick Museum updated an event
Thumbnail

Fossil Hunter at the New Brunswick Museum: Will Matthew and the Giant Trilobite at New Brunswick Museum, 1 Market Square, Saint John, NB, E2L4Z6

October 22, 2014 at 9am to January 4, 2015 at 5pm
June 30, 2014 – January 4, 2015. Fossil Hunter: Will Matthew and the Giant Trilobite. Fossil Hunter is an interactive exhibit developed by the New Brunswick Museum. Based on a true story of New Brunswick geologist, Will Matthew, it recounts the true story of a curious young teenage boy, the son of noted fossil expert George Matthew.  Will discovered the largest trilobite fossil in the world, over 100 years ago in Saint John. The fossil of the crab-like creature was about 500 million years old…See More
20 hours ago
Silver Daisy posted an event

Master Class- The Laws of Layering at The Canterbury Lounge

November 6, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
Want the layered look but not sure where to start? Enjoy our signature 'layered' cocktail and a free gift while we teach you how to layer like a pro!We will be launching and selling the newest collection from Gorjana.Doors open at 7pm, class begins at 8pm.See More
yesterday
Silver Daisy and Fashion Council Saint John are now friends
yesterday
Silver Daisy updated their profile
yesterday
Taste Of Egypt posted an event
Thumbnail

A Night of the Arts! at Taste Of Egypt

October 24, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm
Come out and enjoy A Night of the Arts! Enjoy the beautiful vocals and guitar playing of Frank James, admire the paintings of Carl Parker (available for purchase), get some free henna done  by Kushi while enjoying culinary delights of Chef Ehab.See More
yesterday
Saint John Whisky Tasting Societ posted an event
Thumbnail

Beer, Whisky & Food Pairing Extravaganza at Bourbon Quarter Restaurant & Pub

November 16, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm
Join beer expert Craig Pinhey, Atlantic Canada's Wine, Beer and Spirits Writer as well as whisky aficionado Johanne McInnis, Whisky Lassie, at Bourbon Quarter's for an intimate and exclusive evening of discoveries!Come taste the delights of pairing beer, whisky and food in several different interesting combinations.Tickets $60/person - only 50 will be available.SOLD IN ADVANCE ONLY and can be purchased at Bourbon Quarter (642-1885) or by calling Johanne McInnis (639-0289). Sorry, no tickets…See More
yesterday
Profile IconJennifer Chapados and Sean Ward joined Uptown Directory
yesterday
Cathedral Immaculate Conception posted a video
Monday
Brunswick Square Shopping Centre posted events
Monday
Uptown Saint John Inc posted an event
Thumbnail

Chop Chop Fall at Various Restaurants Uptown

October 27, 2014 to November 2, 2014
During this savory restaurant week, patrons will be treated to specials offered exclusively for this occasion at three different price levels.  . Let your mouths water in anticipation the ‘’ served up and you will be wowed.  Participating restaurants will offer one or a combination of the following specials…See More
Monday

© 2014   Created by Uptown Saint John Inc.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service