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Anthony Cloud|Daily NewsMike Crockett talked with Pineville City Council about plans for the Bell Theater.
Anthony Cloud|Daily NewsMike Crockett talked with Pineville City Council about plans for the Bell Theater.
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Mike Crockett attended the Pineville City Council meeting Tuesday to discuss previous reports regarding the sell of the Pineville Theater.


During the special meeting, Crockett said there was no intention of selling the theater to a private entity.


Crockett said he was looking for potential partners with “volunteer potential” to help with the theater. He said he would not have the personal time to volunteer as he did in the earlier days.


There were proposals sent out for the partnership, but no one accepted.


Crockett said he may continue to attempt to seek partners. However, if a partner is found changes wouldn’t be seen until spring of next year, he said.


In a council meeting approximately a month ago, former mayor Scott Madon approached the council with concerns about the possibility that the theater would be sold.


The rumors pertaining to the sell of the theater is what brought Crockett to the meeting on Tuesday.


The council did speak on the debt involving the theater.


According to Crockett, the city approved a $180,000 loan from First State Bank against the building in 2003.


Varying amounts went for work on the Community Development Agency office, the lobby and concession stand, the auditorium, the third floor and a comprehensive plan.


From 2003 to the present, Crockett said they have been able to operate the theater without assistance help. A downstairs area is being rented by a beauty shop. The upstairs in being used as office space.


The biggest challenge with the auditorium is heating.


Crockett said if there are several events in a row at the theater during the winter, the heating bill can be outrageous.


There are no events booked during January or February.


Council also discussed showing movies at the theater.


“The problem is, as of October, all movies that are distributed are digital. Digital projectors, the best deal I can find, cost $6,000 down and $600 a month,” said Crockett.


The theater is set up for a 35 mm project bought in the 80s. Crockett said there are no films being distributed for the projector anymore. He noted, however, the projector works fine.


Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-248-1010, ext. 208, acloud@civitasmedia.com


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