National Arts Group Lays Out Its Vision for Historic Coronado Theater

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An ambitious plan to revamp a historic city landmark is laid out.

Louise Stevens, a Montana based arts consultant, outlined her vision for the Coronado Theater in the next decade.

This spring and summer, Stevens' firm looked at ways to bring in more shows to the Coronado, while bringing in more dollars to the city.

The consultants propose making the Coronado Theater a non-profit organization. While it would still have ties to the city, the firm believes the Coronado as a non-profit would better be able to fundraise, and flex its creative muscle.

"We've looked at it and recommended that there be the development of a cabaret space with the Coronado, so small events could take place, and we see there is just incredible opportunity for so much more diverse entertainment," Stevens said.

The Coronado plans will now be discussed in a city committee. The consulting firm hopes the historic theatre will transition itself to a non-profit group by July 2006.