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Paradise Performing Arts Center struggling during coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus continues to take a heavy toll, not just with our health and lives but also with our livelihood. One of those places hit hard - the Paradise Performing Arts Center.

Posted: Apr 17, 2020 7:32 AM
Updated: Apr 17, 2020 7:39 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - The coronavirus continues to take a heavy toll, not just with our health and lives but also with our livelihood.

One of those places hit hard - the Paradise Performing Arts Center.

Action News Now visited the center and talked to one of its board members, Steve "Woody" Culleton.

Culleton says the building survived the Camp Fire and now they hope they can get through the pandemic as well.

"We're closed to the public we can't hold any events here because of the order," Culleton said.

Culleton - says the coronavirus forced more than half a dozen to cancel.

"Northern California Ballet was scheduled to be in here, Butte College graduations, the Gold Nugget Days queen contest was going to be here," Culleton said.

Those events would have generated at least $10,000.

Culleton says the center paid off its mortgage before the Camp Fire - but the board still has ongoing costs.

"When I have events in here, my PG&E bill runs about 12 to 15 hundred dollars a month. When I don't have events it runs a thousand dollars," Culleton said.

Culleton says he hasn't had to file for a loan because they set aside money from past fundraisers.

"We need to be mindful of doing the right thing for the safety of the entire community," Culleton said.

Culleton believes their savings can carry them through the end of this year.

Culleton tells Action News Now - the screening for Ron Howard's film documenting the Camp Fire has also been canceled - they're not sure when that might reschedule. 

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