The fate of the Nelson movie theatre remains unclear.

The fate of the Nelson movie theatre remains unclear.

Council starts moving on theatre

More than a year after the Civic Theatre closed, the city is close to going back out for proposals on the vacant space.

More than a year after the Civic Theatre closed, the city is close to going back out for proposals on the vacant space.

City manager Kevin Cormack says they’ve just received a draft facility report, which staff are reviewing and hope to finalize in the next couple of weeks.

Then it will go to council to determine the next steps in putting the theatre up for grabs again.

The facility assessment of the theatre is intended to let a proponent know the state of the building before they sign an agreement.

The city declined to renew its previous lease with longtime operator Karen Franz in favour of a Vancouver consortium who rebranded the facility the Nelson Cinemax and ordered stadium-style seats.

However, the group failed to live up to its promises to reopen the facility. The city cancelled the lease in early spring and rejected a revised proposal from one of the proponents.

The screen has been dark since September of last year.