Plans rolling for Royal T III Theater

Monday, November 1, 2010

The owner of the Riviera Theatre in Sioux City is working with local planners on the possibility of reopening the Le Mars movie theater.

Eric Hilsabeck, who has been involved in restoring several older movie theaters, has made an offer to purchase the Royal T III theater.

He has also been working with the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation (LBIC) on plans to restore it.

According to a letter to the Le Mars City Council from Neal Adler, director of the LBIC, designs to renovate the theater are complete, cost estimates have been gathered, and a purchase agreement is in place.

The total cost to restore the historic downtown building and update the theater will be more than $700,000, Adler stated.

Along with private dollars, bank loans and LBIC assistance, planners are seeking a grant or forgivable loan of $150,000 from the city council.

A smaller request for funding will be made to the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors as well, Adler stated.

The city council will decide whether to approve the request during its noon Tuesday meeting at the Le Mars City Hall's council chambers.

Also during the meeting, the council will decide whether to approve a one-year lease and liquor service agreement for the Willow Creek Bar and Grill with Mike Fiddelke or Orange City.

The new lease reduces rent from $30,000 to $24,000 and a requirement to be open at least 24 hours per week is eliminated. The lease states the facility will be open for scheduled events and rentals.

They will decide whether to sell right of way on Second Avenue Northeast by Lally's Eastside Restaurant to Tom Mullally. Doing so would save the city long-term maintenance and repair costs, plus the right of way would become taxable property.

Council members will decide whether to approve the Business Highway 75 storm sewer and intakes project as fully completed, they will hear and decide whether to approve the annual Floyd Valley Hospital audit report and they will hold a public hearing on the rezoning of JR's Addition.

The council meeting will end in closed session for pending or imminent litigation and collective bargaining.

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