Groundbreaking Ceremony At Chicago’s Biograph Theatre

posted by btkrefft on December 16, 2004 at 4:11 am

CHICAGO, IL — The renovation of the historic Biograph Theatre kicked off yesterday with a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony in front of the former movie house in Lincoln Park.

Acquired by the famed Victory Gardens theater company, the 90 year-old Biograph is being converted into a new venue for the troupe, which will include a 299-seat main auditorium and a 128-seat studio, as well as rehersal spaces.

The total cost of the transformation is expected to run $9 million, of which Victory Gardens already has over $8 million in the bank. Both members of the theater company and city officials braved chilly temperatures for the ceremony, which is expected to open “at the end of 2005”. The Biograph’s facade, a neighborhood landmark, will be retained.

Read the full report from the Chicago Tribune.

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jpaye
jpaye on January 14, 2005 at 9:01 am

Does anyone know if they have or will select an architectural team for this project? Any information appreciated. thank you.

mmmasterpainter
mmmasterpainter on April 4, 2005 at 11:38 pm

Has a company been selected yet who provides fine art/architectural conservation, ornamental plaster consolidation and replication, paint analysis and decorative painting, along with scaffold erection? Any info is appreciated. Thanks.
Michael Marullo, Absolute Painting & Restoration, NY

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