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Public could possibly purchase piece of Park
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Park Theater’s vintage marquee letters are being stored in the basement of McMinnville City Hall. Under consideration by city officials will be what to do with them. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

People who would love a piece of Park Theater history might get a chance to own vintage marquee letters.

McMinnville officials will be considering how best to liquidate approximately 200 plastic letters that were used to advertise Park Theater events decades ago.

“We’ve had these for quite a while, ever since we purchased the Park Theater,” said city administrator Bill Brock, who had one letter to show Board of Mayor and Aldermen members. “This one is broke real bad. Some of them are also warped. We have probably, I’m estimating, 200 or 250 letters. These went on the big marquee that was taken down. The letters now are about half this size on the marquee. These would not be useful letters for our existing marquee.”

Most of the letters are black and approximately 18 inches tall.

Brock requested the board approve selling them to the public.

“I’d like for the board to declare these surplus and allow Park Theater to sell them at events,” said Brock. “These are sitting in buckets right now doing nothing.”

Mayor Ben Newman suggested the issue be brought before the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee for consideration.

“We could put a plaque on them and sell them,” said Newman. “Let’s let the members of Parks and Rec decide what to do with them or at least make a recommendation to the board.”

The date of the committee meeting has not been set.