Pastor Norm Funk, of the Westside Church in downtown Vancouver, has been tweeting out his progress over the last few weeks, using the hashtag “777” — the centre’s address on Homer Street.
On March 25, Funk wrote: "Impromptu meeting today with two partners in #777 purchase, turns out patriarch of current ownership is a believer."
And then again on April 26: "I have had 7 meetings this week alone re: the Centre, with all them grace filled and Jesus-centred."
Westside Church preaches conservative theology but distinguishes itself with a hip and technologically savvy approach to worship.
The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts opened in 1995 as the Ford Centre for Performing Arts, and cost more than $25 million to build. The 1,800-seat venue advertised itself as a destination for touring Broadway musical shows.
But Howard Jang, executive director of the Arts Club Theatre Company, says the downtown theatre never lived up to lofty expectations.
"The idea [was to have] long-running musicals," he said. "It had very little effect on the ecology of the community. We never really used it as a venue."