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Paragon's 'audacious' plan to fill the Marquee's shoes

The Paragon Theatre is setting up a new venue on Gottingen Street. Itis hoping for a spring opening in the former Marquee space.

The Paragon Theatre is setting up a new venue on Gottingen Street. It is hoping for a spring opening in the former Marquee space.

“Filling the Marquee’s shoes is an audacious goal, but we feel we have something that caters to a wider Halifax community, something for everyone,” says artist Peter Farmer.

Farmer, as well as Craig Mercer and Mark Town­send, the former Marquee general manager, is leading the project.

They want to renovate the top floor to make it into a venue suitable for live music, weddings and other functions.

A café, art gallery and pre-show warmup area will be added in the building.

“I’m most excited about the flexibility to cater to artists through live art projects and community art classes,” Farmer said.