DuPage Theatre Gets Renovation, New Name
LOMBARD, IL — The 1928 DuPage Theatre in downtown Lombard is getting a slightly new name, the DuPage Theatre and Arts Centre, in an effort to show that the former movie palace isn’t only going to be showing movies once its nearly $6 million-plus restoration and renovation project is completed in about two years.
According to a report in the Daily Herald, the DuPage is expected to host a wide variety of events, including film screenings, live theater, children’s theater and community events. Martin Carroll, chairman of the DuPage Theatre Foundation, says, “We will be a community arts center for all of DuPage County. This is going to be a multi-use facility.”
While some work has already begun on the theater, work will begin this summer in earnest on the exterior and first-floor adjoining retail spaces of the theater building. About $4 million will still need to be raised in order to renovate the building’s second floor, the auditorium, and dressing rooms.
There are also plans to create a smaller theater in one of the former retail spaces, and well as fill the other retail spaces by this fall. And, later, perhaps a restaurant for the first-floor area.