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Tom Cormier

2 Dozen Concerned Citizens Discuss Oneonta Theater Fate

2 Dozen Concerned Citizens

Discuss Oneonta Theater Fate

Meg Hungerford, City of Oneonta finance director, advises two dozen people concerned about the fate of the Oneonta Theater that supporters should develop a plan of action if they want City Hall to help them in seeking grants and annual CFA state funding. The citizens had gathered at a “Community Conversation” this morning at the Oneonta History Center, concerned about reports that theater owner Tom Cormier, who has had the property on the market for the past year, is running out of patience.  Full details in this week’s Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands tomorrow afternoon.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta Theater At ‘Critical Stage’

Oneonta Theater

At ‘Critical Stage’

Options To Be Discussed Tuesday

In ‘Conversation’ At History Center

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society is looking for new ideas to save the historic Oneonta Theater.

ONEONTA – The deteriorating Oneonta Theater has reached a “critical stage,” Bob Brozowski, Greater Oneonta Historical Society executive director, told the GOHS’ annual meeting this evening, and a “Community Conversation” has been scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday in the History Center, 183 Main St., to discuss how it may be saved.

Kathleen Gasperini, a theater expert who has a summer home in Schenevus, will be among the attendees, Brzozowski said.  All interested parties are welcome.

Tom Cormier, who bought the building for $225,000 in 2009 and put it on the market for $925,000 last year, has been unable to secure a buyer, even while dropping the price to $725,000, and is running out of options, according to conversation at this evening’s meeting.

“We can’t lose that theater,” Brzozowski said, and he hopes ideas will come out of Tuesday’s meeting to keep the building secure until its future can be defined.

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