The future of the Granville Theatre on Ramsgate’s Eastcliff is set to be discussed by Thanet District Council’s Cabinet this summer.
The council owns the freehold of the building, which is also used as a cinema but has been closed since the COVID-19 pandemic began last March.
The council is due to take formal possession of the building at the end of this month and has been collaborating with the outgoing tenant to ensure a smooth handover.
The intention is to bring an options paper before Cabinet in July, as the building requires significant investment. Cabinet Member for Estates and Economic Development, Cllr Ruth Duckworth has commented that the council is keen to bring the Granville back into familiar use as soon as possible.
She said: “This building has been an important and much-loved cultural facility for Ramsgate – and particularly the Eastcliff area – for many years.
“I am keen to see that use continue and believe that it can, but a proper process is required to look at the options.
“In view of recent speculation, I want to make clear that the building is not on the council’s asset disposal list and there are no current plans to sell or demolish it.
“The council will secure the Granville while it is vacant and we are being transparent about how and when we intend to move forward to give it a viable future.”
Once the Cabinet has decided on the options, the council will advertise a proposal to attract and assess suitable interested parties.