Help me revive the arts in my comatose little town
February 25, 2009 12:03 PM Subscribe
How should I go about buying/starting/running a small business?
posted by Spike to work & money (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, there's this gorgeous old Streamline Moderne theater downtown that's fallen into dilapidation, and I want to buy it, renovate it, and make an indie/art theater out of it. The only problem is, I don't really know how. I've tracked down the current owner, who has been using the place as storage for the past decade or so. I've found gobs of info on the building's history, how it used to look, and so on. What I don't know (in order of ascending importance) is how to run a theater, how to get financing to buy one, how to go about renovating it, and most pressingly, how to broach the subject with the current owner. I've found sparse info here and there on the first two, but not much that applies well to my particular situation. Any other relevant advice on this cockamamie scheme is welcome, too.