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Groundswell of ideas for Marianne Theatre

BELLEVUE, Ky. (Angela Ingram) -- For decades, fans enjoyed movies at the Marianne Theatre in Bellevue.

But it's been closed for nearly 20-years.  The city recently bought it and is getting a groundswell of support to find a new use.  The theatre sits on Route-8 in the business district of Bellevue.
The mayor is hoping that, once the theatre is renovated and a new business is there, it'll be a big economic boost to the city.  The city bought the Marianne Theatre from a private owner earlier this year for $138,000.  The old, single-screen, movie theatre was built in the 40's.  It closed 17-years ago and the city has been in talks with the owner for years.  But, he only recently agreed to sell. 

The mayor wants input from the public on the future of the building.  He said the city is open to suggestions.

"Everybody in town has a tie to the theatre.  Some of us who are longtime residents here have fond memories of, as a youngster, coming here to watch movies as a family.  And so we want to make that an important aspect of the redevelopment of the theatre to have that community input," said Mayor Edward Riehl.

The public was able to get a look inside Wednesday after 17-years.  While city leaders consider ideas for the future of the Marianne Theater, workers will also begin the process of assessing whether it needs repairs or stabilization.

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