The Return of Chicago’s Patio Theater
CHICAGO, IL — Gordon McAlpin interviews Demetri Kouvalis, the 22 year old son of Patio Theate r owner Alexander Kouvalis about the restoration and imminent re-opening of the Patio for Gapers Block. The Kouvalises have been restoring the theater since May 2010 and hope to reopen it in March.
Because it’s a $5 admission fee, the film distributors, they have all these rules. You can’t get first run unless you charge at least $7.50. So we’re going to be second run, like before, but I think we’re going to get the movie maybe a week before we used to. So you can expect to see us show a new movie two, three, four weeks at the most later.
With the $5 admissions, we have the ability, then, to charge less for concessions. Because, you know, AMC and all those big theaters — if they charge $10, the distributors take, like, 95 percent of the profits from tickets, so they have to charge a ridiculous amount for food and popcorn and drinks. So we’ll have a much more convenient price for concessions.