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wschende commented about UCI Kinowelt Colosseum on Jun 22, 2020 at 11:54 am

Seems it may be closing –

wschende commented about Coyle Theatre on Aug 21, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Looks like the end of the line for this one sadly.

wschende commented about VIC Theatre; Chicago, Illinois. on Feb 23, 2019 at 3:07 pm

The mural of Columbus is on the balcony level lobby, directly over the central doors.

wschende commented about Armitage Theatre on Feb 23, 2019 at 1:43 pm

February 23, 2019 from Block Club Chicago

“LOGAN SQUARE — A new brewery is eyeing the old Armitage Theatre building at 3545-59 W. Armitage Ave. for its first taproom.

That’s according to Joe Padorr of Seneca Real Estate Group, broker for property owner George Giannoulias.

Padorr wouldn’t divulge many details about the project, including the brewery’s name, saying the lease agreement still needs to be finalized. But the broker did say this would be the brewery’s first independent location if all goes according to plan.

The brewers have been making beer out of an established brewery for some time now, according to Padorr. The plan, he said, is to convert the storefront along Armitage into a taproom and convert the 7,500-square-foot theater space into a multi-purpose room. It’s unclear if actual brewing would take place there or not, he added.

Padorr said he expects to release more details in the coming months as the project takes shape.

Last fall, after months of construction work on the building, crews removed the facade, revealing a renovated exterior: modern brick with floor-to-ceiling windows.

At the time, Giannoulias, who has owned the property for about 15 years, told Block Club he was looking to bring in at least eight retailers and restaurants.

“We felt the neighborhood would really appreciate updated retail and they wouldn’t appreciate some big, bulky multi-use, mixed-use building,” Giannoulias previously said.

“With The 606 developed and the neighborhood seeing a lot of people investing, I thought it was prudent to bring this beautiful building back to life.”

Before the renovation, the building was home to various retailers, including a dollar store and insurance company office.

The building was originally home to the early 1900s-era Bismark Theatre, which was later renamed the Armitage Theatre.

Giannoulias previously described the theater as “one of the old-school Chicago theaters for when people wanted to catch a movie to get some air conditioning.”

Giannoulias and his team incorporated some of the building’s original details like exposed brick and wood truss ceilings into the renovated design.

Over the last few years, gentrifying Logan Square has attracted several new breweries, including Middle Brow Beer Co., Pilot Project and Pipeworks Brewing, to name a few."

wschende commented about Studebaker Theater & Playhouse Theater on Feb 21, 2019 at 12:04 am

From the “About” section of the new Studebaker Theater website:

The Studebaker Theater is housed in the historic Fine Arts Building

In 1898, The Fine Arts Building created the historic The Studebaker Theater. Originally built to house vaudevillian performances, but later expanded into large productions in the 1920’s. During the subsequent years, performances by Bob Hope, Peter O’Toole, and Vincent Price graced the stage with their immense theatrical skills. The Studebaker Theater continued on throughout the years for being known as one of the most important live theatrical venues in the City of Chicago.

In the 1970’s, the city underwent a downturn in live theater attendance and The Studebaker was converted into four separate motion picture cinemas. Eventually in the year 2000, The Studebaker was closed entirely. In 2005, The Fine Arts Building, which houses the Studebaker Theater, underwent new ownership. Renovations to restore The Studebaker finally began in 2015.

Today, The Studebaker Theater, which holds 740 seats, reopened for live performances in 2016.


wschende commented about Studebaker Theater & Playhouse Theater on Feb 20, 2019 at 11:30 pm

So this is the inner lobby of the current (2019) Studebaker…right?

wschende commented about Studebaker Theater & Playhouse Theater on Feb 20, 2019 at 11:21 pm

From The Chicago Tribune Koopman returns, and the Studebaker is back in the concert business March 10, 2016

(Discussion of the return of harpsichordist Ton Koopman to Chicago..then the following)

“That said, the event was most notable for being the first major concert to take place in decades at the Studebaker Theater, a historic gem of 1898 vintage that once was a flourishing recital hall (Hermann Prey and Regine Crespin sang here) but has been shuttered for two decades.

The mid-sized venue, modeled after a typical small European opera house, has recently undergone a major renovation by the building’s management and is nearly ready to serve as an additional venue for classical music on the cultural mile of South Michigan Avenue. Such a venue has long been needed, and it’s heartening to know that Chicago classical presenters soon will be setting up shop in this inviting space. From Tony to Chick to Ramsey, a jazzy summer at Ravinia

Audience members were expected to ignore the bare stage house and the lack, as yet, of a functioning air-conditioning system. (Free water bottles were provided.) There was an awkward delay for the stage lighting to be adjusted to enable Mathot to properly see the printed music in front of her. A more serious problem, from the listeners' perspective, was the skimpy program leaflet, devoid as it was of information about the music or the harpsichords on which the Koopmans were performing.

On the positive side, the Studebaker’s clear acoustics, intimate sightlines and comfortable seats made it an appropriately intimate place in which to perform and hear 17th and 18th century keyboard works. It was good to have Koopman back in Chicago, where he last conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2012. His local appearances go back at least as far as 1992 when he brought his famed Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra to town."

wschende commented about Studebaker Theater & Playhouse Theater on Feb 20, 2019 at 11:03 pm

Timelapse Video of the Studebaker Theater Rehab here:

wschende commented about Prewitt Theatre on Feb 20, 2019 at 10:09 pm

From WISH TV January 16, 2019

PLAINFIELD — A lot of history was made in 1927. Henry Ford introduced the Model A, Charles Lindbergh flew nonstop across the Atlantic and in Plainfield, the Prewitt Theatre opened on Main Street.

The Prewitt eventually changed names to the Village Theatre and continued to show movies until 2005.

It has fallen into disrepair since then, but the Town of Plainfield hopes that won’t be the case for long.

Plainfield purchased the building last year for $335,000 with money from a fund that takes riverboat gambling profits and divides them among cities and towns to use for special projects.

A new Prewitt sign has gone up and now the town must decide what to do with the building.

A feasibility study with Ratio Architects should be done by the end of the year, according to Stephanie Singh, Plainfield’s communications director.

“Residents are interested in it and we want to fulfill that interest,” Singh said. “Overall, the goal is to preserve the small town feel of Plainfield.”

Uses could include meeting space for groups with movies on weekends.

Plainfield won’t have to look far to see what some towns have done with old theaters.

Franklin’s Artcraft Theatre shows classic movies on weekends.

In Shelbyville, the Strand Theatre is used for comedy shows, live music and stage shows.

And not far from Plainfield, the Royal Theater in Danville, which also opened in 1927, shows current movies and stages concerts.

wschende commented about Prewitt Theatre on Feb 20, 2019 at 10:07 pm

From the Hendricks County Flyer
January 26, 2006

PLAINFIELD — The Village Theater here is closed for remodeling but instead of going for a modern look, owner Frank Katris says visitors will feel like they’ve stepped back in time. When the revamped theater is unveiled a few months from now, he says it will be reminiscent of the theater Plainfield residents remember from days past.

Katris said the Village originally opened in November of 1927 and served as a place for people to take in movies, get their news, and socialize. Most of the theaters back then, he explained, had a theme and this particular one was a simple Spanish style.

Katris is now revamping the original style with the hopes of making it look similar to the multi-million dollar Paramount Theater in Anderson.

When Katris purchased the Village in February of 2002, he said that he knew improvements needed to be made. With ever-growing competition of the larger theater chains in Hendricks County, he said those planned improvements are now a necessity.

“You need something to get people to come in,” he said.

Katris said the Village is an important part of history and people here have many fond memories of it. That’s why he wants to stay true to the original theater design, while adding some more “atmosphere.”

Just as movies can transport viewers to a different place or time, Katris wants his theater to do the same.

“This is to preserve history and honor what our ancestors did,” he said. “The Village is part of the history of this town.”

Katris said he doesn’t know how much the theater’s renovation will cost or when it will be done. But he does know what he envisions. The finished product, he said, will have recesses with windows, balcony treatments, decorative molding, and statues. The lobby will be art deco with the entryway staying true to the ‘20s.

Acting as his own general contractor, Katris will also add a restaurant kitchen to provide a variety of menu items, freshly made gourmet popcorn, and special beverages.

The upgrade will maintain the theater look while adding a dining area in the back, he said.

Katris is no stranger to the movie or restaurant business. His father once owned a theater and his siblings own one as well. His family also ran a restaurant at one time.

“The idea is to treat people as stars,” he said. “Stars get what they want, so the theatergoers will get what they want.”

wschende commented about Rivoli Theatre on Feb 20, 2019 at 7:29 pm

From WISH TV Channel 8 in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a $4.3 million grant to the East 10th Street District to transform vacant buildings in the neighborhood include a 1920s movie theater.

The endowment also should create community spaces for artists and put art along the busy stretch of road.

The redevelopment projects will include the old Rivoli Theatre, built by Universal Studios of Indianapolis in 1927. A website for the theater says it was the first in Indiana to show movies with sound. Later, the showplace at 3155 E. 10th St. hosted concerts for John Mellencamp and Lynard Skynard. That project is scheduled to be complete in 2025.

In addition, the grant should help the neighborhood foster partnerships and increase visitors.

Residents think the changes will improve safety as well.

“It can reduce crime by taking these principles to heart. We can reduce it. We can improve the residences and commercial properties and reduce crime,” resident Chris Staab said.