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Uptown theatre to finally be restored?

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Posted: 6/29/18 at 1:26pm

Please PLEASE let this happen! https://t.co/BKJY4xfnZi?amp=1

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Posted: 6/29/18 at 1:29pm

So people aren't confused (as I temporarily was), this is a theatre in Chicago, not Manhattan.

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Posted: 6/29/18 at 1:47pm

So happy to hear this! It's been sitting there rotting away for decades. A true palace of a theater in its glory days.

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Posted: 6/29/18 at 3:00pm
I wish them well; I do.
However, as cited, the lack of necessary parking will remain a deterrent.
Also, the last time I was inside (1998), it was just a mess.
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Posted: 6/29/18 at 3:01pm

Curious to see what it will be able to accommodate... (the theater's stage/screen backs up to Lawrence I believe, so backstage space could be very limited.) Also how people will react to the neighborhood's sketchy reputation. Bought a condo around the corner from the theater years ago, and we only lasted a year. Time will only tell if suburbanites, Lincoln Park folk, etc. will venture there for evening shows; seems like a venue that size would need to bring in a LOT of people in from other areas to survive. All that said, I'm pulling for them to make it work after decades of false starts. 

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Posted: 6/29/18 at 3:05pm

markypoo said: "I wish them well; I do.
However, as cited, the lack of necessary parking will remain a deterrent.
Also, the last time I was inside (1998), it was just a mess.
"

 

Yes, the auditorium part of the theater is a shambles. (leaking roof etc.) I noticed the interview stayed in the (huge) lobby area. That looks to be in good shape, at least.

 

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Posted: 6/29/18 at 3:14pm
Apparently at the time, the interior structure was stable enough to allow us to meander around the balcony
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Posted: 6/29/18 at 3:17pm

Apparently at the time, the interior structure was stable enough to allow us to meander around the balcony. There was water leakage here and there, besides the roof/ceiling.

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Posted: 6/30/18 at 12:44pm
Don't expect this to present any broadway tours. It's most likely going to be a concert venue.
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Posted: 6/30/18 at 3:34pm
Not only do I agree, but it might steal some bookings away from the Riviera.