Parma councilwoman Deborah Lime wants Parma Theater designated as historic preservation site.
PARMA,Ohio - The Parma Theatre is now closed after 76 years on Ridge Road. Now, the fight starts to save it.
The old theater has been for sale for seven years and only a drug store has shown interest in buying it.
A group of concerned citizens came together Thursday night to discuss strategies on how to save the theater and form committees. Organizers said they want people to step up and get involved, knowing this will take a huge community effort.
"We've talked about some theatrical things, talked about some education things, we've talked about doing something with the arts. We've talked about a lot of different things and I think that's kind of what we need to do, bringing people together and figuring out what would be the best use or multi-use for the building," said Debbie Lime, an organizer and Parma councilwoman.
"Save it for future generations, for my grand kids, and instead of tearing everything down, let's do something with it," said independent filmmaker Rich Lasky.
The asking price is $795,000, plus it needs a new roof, parking lot and various interior repairs.
For more information go to their web site http://saveparmatheater.org/
The Parma Fire Department ruled the cause of last week's fire at the Parma Theatre.
Fire investigators have ruled the cause of the blaze at the landmark Parma Theatre as arson.
Flames and smoke shot from the Parma Theatre, which closed in September, on Nov. 16.
While smoke spread for the 76-year-old Parma Theatre, which was recently closed, a woman at the alteration shop next door tried to save as many wedding dresses as she could from smoke damage.
The Parma Theatre is now closed after 76 years on Ridge Road. Now, the fight starts to save it.
Community meeting being held Thursday evening to discuss future options that would preserve the historic and now closed Parma Theater.
Sunday will be last day to catch a movie at theater which opened in 1936. Ohio's 7th largest city to be without any movie theater within its borders.
The Parma Theater will be closing its doors forever come Labor Day.