Paramount Theatre's past preserved in future plans
By John McDonald
The Paramount Theatre sign in Kelowna is not heritage protected.
(JOHN MCDONALD / iNFOnews.ca)
May 16, 2016 - 4:30 PM
KELOWNA - Plans to develop the Paramount Theatre on Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna include keeping the iconic sign.
The marquee sign and original facade will stay put under developer Ronmor Development’s plan to divide the theatre into two units, with the larger space hosting a 482-seat restaurant and brewpub with a 200-seat three-season rooftop patio.
Kelowna councilors were relieved to hear from Ronmor’s representative, vice-president Doug Porozni, who assured them the theatre’s past was going to be part of its future.
“I’m like many citizens who love that venue and felt some ownership of it,” Coun. Luke Stack said.
Ronmor appeared before council for a form and character development permit, which council endorsed unanimously.
Ronmor still has Paramount Court, as they call it, advertised for lease on the company website.
The 14,000 square foot site is billed as having a superb location in the waterfront tourist area near Okanagan Lake on Kelowna’s original main street, with an availability of Jan. 2, 2017.
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