On March 11, Peekskill’s Common Council “will vote to authorize management to negotiate a lease with Red House Entertainment” for the Paramount Theater, said city spokesperson Melanie Rener.
Last month, a committee tasked with reviewing three proposers to manage the shuttered Paramount recommended Red House to run the historic venue. The Paramount closed in October amid a $300,000 budget shortfall.
Red House, committee members said, was the best choice because it had a dynamic creative vision that tied its programming with local businesses and community partners. The group passed over Tarrytown Music Hall and the Paramount Phoenix Group for the job. The Phoenix Group was formed to run the Paramout and included Juilliard instructor and jazz pianist Antonio Ciacca, former director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Red House is the brainchild of Kurt Heitmann, a Philipstown resident who has won Emmy Awards for audio engineering. His team includes Abigail Adams, managing director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
Rener said they do not expect city officials to have any further comments until after Monday’s vote.