Chicago’s Music Box Theatre to Get New Management

posted by btkrefft on November 4, 2003 at 7:39 am

CHICAGO, IL — According to the Chicago Tribune, the Music Box, one of Chicago’s best-loved art house theaters, will soon be under the management of its current owner, lawyer William Schopf. The miniature movie palace is currently managed by Chris Carlo and Robert Chaney, who are seeking an early termination of their lease to pursue other interests.

Carlo and Chaney have managed the Music Box since 1983, when it was restored and reopened after a long period of decline. Since then, the theater has served as a catalyst for the Southport neighborhood’s comeback. Schopf could assume management as early as January 1 and doesn’t plan on changing the 1929 theater’s format or dividing its atmospheric main 750-seat auditorium.

Schopf does plan on making “improvements” to both the exterior and interior of the building.

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JimRankin on November 5, 2003 at 7:22 am

“Improvements” in an historic movie palace is a scary word! This is a charming cinema, and lawyers are not known for sensitivity, legalities — yes, sensitivity to beauty and historicity — no.

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