Something I thought might be interesting to readers. The City of Douglas, GA has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to purchase and run a historical theater. You don’t see this that often so it was interesting to me the type of things that go into an RFP to run a theater.
The 750 seat Martin Centre was constructed in 1939-41 as a movie house but was renovated to accommodate live performances. The city is looking for someone to purchase the venue for at least $200,000 and continue to operate it as an arts venue.
The City is seeking proposals with the following indicators:
a)Recognize the historical significance of the building and maintain architectural characteristics of the theater’s façade.
b)Honor all upcoming rental contracts where the lessee has paid deposit and/or rental for the booking.
c)Deliver a use that will further promote Downtown Douglas as an entertainment and cultural destination location in South Georgia and Georgia and be cohesive with existing downtown uses.
d)Clearly demonstrate economic feasibility.
e)Demonstrate a positive economic benefit to the downtown Douglas area and the City of Douglas.
f)Offer a purchase price of at least $200,000.00.
As part of the proposal, they essentially request that the applicant outline how they will accomplish all these things. They also list how each criteria will be weighted.
For me, it was interesting to see how the RFP reflected the hopes and ambitions for what the Martin Centre might be for the city. They highly encourage people to discuss potential use of an adjacent plaza as part of the proposals. They are definitely hoping the new owner’s vision extends beyond the physical walls of the space.
Since I expect the listing to go off line after the May 6 deadline, I am archiving a copy of the PDF here for future reference for RFPs along these lines.