A Paramount Pub

Kelowna city council is being asked to approve a development permit for the former site of the Paramount Theatre.

The theatre, which opened on Bernard Avenue in 1949, closed earlier this year.

Owners of the property are proposing to turn the bulk of the theatre into a Craft Beer Market.

The pub would occupy about 75 per cent of the former theatre with an as-yet-to-be-identified retail tenant taking over the remainder of the space.

While the property is not included as part of the heritage registry, urban planning manager Terry Barton said the building has ‘significant community character.’

“Certain elements like the Paramount sign and the existing marquee, hold intrinsic value to the streetscape, and reference the historic nature of the surrounding community,” said Barton.

“As such, the proposed redevelopment maintains the existing sign and part of the marquee sign.”

The proposed seating capacity within the pub is 482, which includes a 204-seat second floor outdoor patio.

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