Parma councilwoman Deborah Lime wants Parma Theater designated as historic preservation site.
PARMA, Ohio - Ever since Parma Theater closed its doors in September, residents and businesses have felt a void in Parma's Polish Village neighborhood.
Parma councilwoman Deborah Lime is doing her part to save the historic building near Ridge and Snow roads.
Lime introduced a resolution at Monday's Parma City Council meeting to begin the process of making Parma Theater a historic preservation site at the local level.
"The idea behind it is to save the theater, to save it at the building that it is now and the great building that it once was for the community and to keep a part of Parma's history here in the community," Lime said.
While the fire in November set things back a bit, a grass roots campaign is under way to raise money to purchase the theater and renovate it as a potential arts center for Parma and the region.
"I really think that it can be the catalyst in helping to bring jobs to the area and helping to make no more vacant store fronts and really help to vitalize the neighborhood," Lime said.
The resolution will next go before the Parma Planning Commission for discussion.
For more information log onto: http://www.friendsofparmatheater.com or contact Deborah Lime at the Parma City Council office.
Parma police told newsnet5.com Tuesday that they are still searching for whoever set fire to Parma Theater. Multiple tips have been called in but none have panned out. If you have any information that would help in the investigation, please contact Parma police.
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.