After more than a decade of music, movies and shows, the owner of York’s downtown Sylvia Theater is looking for a tenant or a buyer to take over management of the historic property.
Paul Finnican, who bought the more than 100-year-old building in 2001 and undertook two major renovations, said he is talking with two different groups that have an interest in leasing and managing the property.
“We’re looking for a tenant with a new management team and we’re looking to be a very generous landlord, very open to whatever we could do to help,” Finnican said. He said he’d also be open to selling the property, “but leasing is where we’re getting the most amount of interest.”
Finnican said the part-time staff of four has been eliminated and that the children’s movies shown on weekends have been discontinued for now. However, he said, three shows are scheduled in January and February and the property is still available to rent for parties and special events.
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“It will stay open part-time until we get the new management team in place,” Finnican said in response to questions about whether the theater has closed. He declined to identify prospective tennants, but he said a new arrangement may be in place by the end of March.
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