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The Crown Theater is still for sale. Crown Point Mayor David Uran said the city has been approached by some people who have ideas of what they can do at that location and bring some life back to the history of the building.

Rob Earnshaw, The Times

CROWN POINT — Crown Theater remains closed in the downtown square, but the city hopes it will show new life soon.

Mayor David Uran addressed the theater, which has been closed for the last four years, during his monthly mid-week meeting with residents Wednesday at Main Street Cafe. 

Uran said the city has been approached by some people who have ideas of what they can do at that location and bring some life back to the history of the building, along with bringing in some new things guests would like to see.

However, the theater is privately owned, "and the city can't say ... take that person's deal."

"We know there are some challenges with that facility," he said.

Uran said the city thinks the idea from those interested in the theater is good and compared it to the revitalization of Hobart's Art Theater.

"We're excited for that opportunity and that news, but we have not actually had a letter of intent or further discussions with that prospective person or group of people who have an idea to put that in place," he said.

"At the end of the day, they think they have a good idea, the city thinks it's a good idea, but you need the third-party person who owns the building to make that deal, too. There are a lot of elements there. 

"We're hoping that deal can come through fairly quickly, and you can see that building repurposed and another solid feature to our downtown."

A representative of the theater's owner told The Times there are some strong possibilities for a sale, with ongoing negotiations.

The skatepark

The show continues to go on for the Crown Point Skatepark, which was another topic the mayor addressed at the meeting. 

Uran said there is a long-term improvement plan for the park, which is just south of North Street at the site of the former water plant near the Sportsplex. 

Uran said they are not sure if that continues to be the right spot for the park, which opened in 2001. 

"We would love to keep our skaters in that area," he said. 

Plans call for repairs to be made at the park if it remains at the site; if it's moved to another city-owned property then parts from the park can be repurposed for the new location. 

The remaining dates and locations for the mayor's meetings this year are:

  • 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Safe House Bar & Grill, 101 S. Court St.
For more information regarding Mid-Week Meetings with the Mayor, call the mayor’s Office of Special Events at 219-662-329.

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Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.