Among Billing’s FAQ’s– or frequently Asked Questions– is what to do about the Babcock.  The city of Billings is scheduled to to take over ownership of the 110-year-old Babcock Theater, a historic downtown landmark.

The Babcock Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee approved a report Monday, drafted by City Administrator Tina Volek, that includes options for the Billings City Council to consider; They can negotiate with Babcock LLC to continue managing the theater, while seeking a nonprofit organization to take over operations; explore other options for the use of the theater; issue a request for proposals for the sale of the theater; or, issue an RFP for an outside organization to manage the facility.  Volek said a church group has expressed interest in purchasing the Babcock.  But such a purchase, committee members noted, would keep the theater off the tax rolls.

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