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Greenville eyeing proposals for Uptown Theatre

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - An empty theatre  in Uptown Greenville is few steps closer to filling its seats again.

For years, the City of Greenville has been trying to get someone to help revitalize the theatre on Fifth Street. Now the city has two potential organization trying become the agency to operate the theatre.

One of the organizations looking to operate the theatre is the Magnolia Arts Center. The Center is local non-profit that aims to provide cultural arts to people living in Pitt County.
The other proposal comes from a consortium of entertainment developers looking to take over the space.
Greenville Economic Development Officer, Carl Reese, says the city is now looking over both groups proposals.

"We are going to sit down and talk with those organizations or the consortium or whatever the case may be to really make sure we understand what they are interested in,” said Carl Reese, Greenville Economic Development  Officer. “If one or the other makes sense, there could be some negotiating on what their proposal is."

Reese says they hope to have a recommendation to present to the city in August.

As of right now, both groups vying for the theatre are asking for some monetary help from the city to cover renovation costs.
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