Zoe Theatre

209 N. Madison Street,
Pittsfield, IL 62363

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 14, 2005 at 2:49 pm

Again with this, “we do the real work” stuff? My opinions are perfectly valid. I have told you in a general sense who I am. I don’t see the point in giving you specific contact information. In my view this exposes me to a lot of potential annoyance. Plus: I don’t have anything to prove. I’m not asking anyone for business.

Post some completed restoration projects…and not this smalltown theatre that just reopened within the last month. I will admit I was wrong and let you go on your merry way. Until then, all I have to go on is the behavior you exhibit and what I read in the press: cease and desist order at the Portage Theatre, a firestorm of financial scandals at the Uptown, being fired by the Wheaton, inability to secure a loan in downstate Illinois due to lack of assets, etc. I find it hard to believe that you were the victim of circumstance in each of these cases.

Restoring classic American theatres is difficult enough without the terrible issues that seem to follow you around. If you really do the things people say you do, I think you are working against that cause. I can see how a good-intentioned community group might give up on their restoration project after dealing with some of the situations you have been involved in. That is my “ax”.

rroberts on July 15, 2005 at 5:06 pm

Again, “Lifestooshort” get a grip. We have projects all over the country. Why don’t you call the people who we do the work for and see what we really do? Mike and I are happy to share our references. You clearly have some personal ax to grind but no one can figure it out. We have projects in Chicago and many other cities. How sad that you will not call our office to discuss this or are you too happy staying in the shadows and taking cheap misinformed potshots? Stay off these websites until you have something productive to say.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 15, 2005 at 3:39 pm

It shows that you ripped off too many people in the Chicago market and have been forced to look for business in rural Illinois.

rroberts on July 12, 2005 at 6:34 am

We completed our Arts Assessment project on time and on budget. Our final report was given to the City of Pittsfield last week. We are proud of it and after July 19 when the City Council meets, we will be happy to share it witrh the public. It shows that a small town can and will save an old theatre! Now the next phase and the real work begins.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 11, 2005 at 2:36 pm

I don’t see what that would accomplish Paul.

rroberts on June 24, 2005 at 4:54 pm

sorry…last phone number should have been: (630) 480-3345. Thanks!

rroberts on June 24, 2005 at 4:24 pm

Dear Life’s: How wonderful! Thanks for bringing the Wheaton Grand Theatre on this site. For the record: We are very proud of the six months of great programming we did at the Wheaton Grand from Nov. 14, 2004 to April 15, 2005. (Movies, plays, teen concerts, comedy clubs, children’s programming, Cub Scout dinners and presentations, Girl Scout Theatre camp, murder mysteries, fund raisers, magic shows, wrestling…) Some of our contracts are still presented at the theatre. Grande Venues looks forward to doing great restoration and renovation work with the people of Pittsfield. Why don’t you attend the public meeting when we present our Arts Assessment? Please call our President, Mike Novelli, and he will give you the schedule (630) 221-0667.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 23, 2005 at 1:30 pm

Are you kidding me Paul? You are claiming to run the Wheaton Grand Theatre in an article dated May 25, 2005? I think the Wheaton Grand would have a different take on that situation.


rroberts on May 18, 2005 at 6:47 am

Our company, Grande Venues, Inc., has signed a unique consulting agreement with the City of Pittsfield, IL to perform an Arts Assessment for the region to determine if the public will support an operating theatre. We begin immediately to interview the public, members in the arts and education community, city officials, business leaders, and “angels.” After our meetings, we will create a report to identify and/or create entities to take title to the property. Then we empower qualified parties to restore and operate the Zoe Theatre. We can do this in any town with a regional population of over 7,500 people. Call on us.

DSnow on March 27, 2005 at 5:31 pm

Inspired by the success of the single-screen theaters in Rushville and Normal, the city of Pittsfield plans to restore and reopen the Zoe; repairs to the roof have already been made.