The city’s Economic Development Committee voted Wednesday to recommend that the City Council spend up to $50,000 on a study of how the Varsity Theatre downtown could be rehabilitated for reuse as a performing arts space.

The Varsity Theatre building at 1710 Sherman Ave.

The proposal, from Downtown Evanston, would bring in several outside consultants to meet with local leaders interested in the project to research the potential costs of redeveloping the building and whether there’s enough demand for theater space downtown to cover the project’s cost.

The initial phases of the planning process are scheduled to be completed by next February.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Varsity Theatre

    With all the cuts in personnel and services for residents in need, the city is the last place to provide funds for this project. It’s a nicety but we have to focus on necessity!

    1. Funding for the Varsity Theatre

      Please read the proposal and you’ll see that the funding will come from the Washington National TIF fund which can only be used for selected projects in the downtown area.  This project would not only provide new life to an existing space, but generate new revenue for the City and surrounding businesses.

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