Mayor Stephanie M. Burke is proud to announce that the Medford City Council unanimously supported two resolutions at their July 18, 2017 meeting that will move the process forward in selecting a professional management company for the Chevalier Theatre.
- To permit Mayor Burke to enter negotiations with a company that would provide full-time professional management services, programming, marketing, and operations of the theater for a term exceeding 3 years.
- To allow the City to initiate a home rule petition through the State
Legislature that would allow the City’s Licensing Commission to grant a new Chevalier Theatre management company a license to sell alcoholic beverages, and a Common Victualler License to sell food, at all Chevalier events. (Such a measure would eliminate the need for the company to seek one-day liquor licenses from the License Commission, or a Victualler License from the City Council on an event by event basis.)
“The City is thrilled to work in partnership with the Chevalier Theatre Commission and to be able to provide professional management experience to this historical gem,” said Mayor Burke. “The Chevalier Theatre is a remarkable space for performances, movies and more within the heart of Medford Square. These two resolutions will have a positive impact on economic development in Medford Square, the arts in our community, and throughout the City.”
Medford resident May Marquebreuck spoke at the City Council meeting and said, “For me, I have been advocating for the Chevalier for more than 25 years. The management company will have a vested interest in doing a good job and I believe the Chevalier Theatre will become a destination for Medford residents and beyond. It could be the beginning of transforming Medford Square into a “go-to” place for dining, entertainment. shopping, a Mystic River taxi to bring people to Medford and more.”
The Mayor would like to thank the evaluation team that is made up of Chevalier Commission members John Costas, Michael Oliver and John Veneziano; along with Treasurer Ann Marie Irwin, City Solicitor Mark Rumley and the Arts and Cultural Liaison Allie Fiske for their efforts. A selection for the professional management company will be forthcoming in the upcoming weeks.