Friends of the Port have apparently disbanded. The group, formed to help save the Port Theatre from the wrecking ball has made an announcement on their facebook page.
“FOTP Message Part 1 of 2. Important Message from Friends of the Port! At a recent meeting of the Friends of the Port (FOTP) it was agreed that the FOTP would no longer continue as a group involved with promoting the Port Theatre. The discontinuation of the FOTP is based the following:
-The FOTP Classic Film Series has seen low attendance and did not meet the minimum revenues required
-The FOTP were not successful in obtaining Not-For-Profit status, thereby making it problematic for the group to raise funds.”
While I personally had my differences with many of the board members having been a founding member myself (Two of us resigned over the direction the group was choosing) I certainly respect anyone that makes an attempt to save this landmark.
What I had and a few others had advocated was creating a Not for Profit, which isn’t that expensive, purchasing the property from the owner, and then giving the owner a very generous lease so that he could run his operation as he saw fit while allowing the group to save the building.
Vision of course is like perspective, and to the groups credit there is a cleaner retrofitted marquee on the theatre.
Owner Glenn McGillivray was not available for comment as of press time.
What do you think Cornwall? Can the Port be saved or is it and that parking lot next to it one day going to be a new four floor condo building with retail shops on the ground floor? Could the Port property be the beginning of the gentrification of Montreal Road?
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