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Trolleyguy commented about Portage Theater on Jul 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm

The above referenced article in the Chicagoist lists some very good reasons why a concert venue managed by the Congress folks would not be a good fit for Six Corners.

“Portage Theater supporters (rightly) fear the Congress Theater’s problems with loud concerts, crowd control, underage drinking and security would follow to the Far Northwest side. The rumblings on Everyblock claim Congress management would tear out seats in order to fill more people in the space.”

The Congress cannot be compared to the 4 other concert venues mentioned here.

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Trolleyguy commented about Normal Theatre on Jul 27, 2012 at 3:22 am

I’ve uploaded a 1953 photo of the theatre.

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Trolleyguy commented about Belpark Theatre on Jul 26, 2012 at 1:36 am

Reread Broan’s comments above. ‘Nuff said.

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Trolleyguy commented about Belpark Theatre on Jul 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I beg to differ about the Elinor. I worked for the Chicago Dept of Human Services for many years in the emergency shelter program. We would only place people in need of temporary housing there as a last resort, because of the unsavory clientele and activities which took place there. The liquor store is a magnet and certainly can’t be compared to a restaurant which serves liquor.

I still live in the area (Jefferson Park), so I know what I’m talking about.

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Trolleyguy commented about Bonham Theatre & Video on Jul 22, 2012 at 3:28 am

A “Friends of Bonham” organization has been set up to raise funds to purchase digital projection equipment. See the website for details.

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Trolleyguy commented about Portage Theater on Jul 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm

If the church is looking at the former Belpark, they have the issue of a large liquor store and flophouse (transient hotel) directly across the street from the bingo hall. Maybe they can do outreach in the area.

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Trolleyguy commented about Belpark Theatre on Jul 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm

You still also have the issue of a large liquor store and flophouse (transient hotel) directly across the street from the Belpark. Is this the kind of area that is going to attract folks who want to visit the theater?

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Trolleyguy commented about Ridglea Theater on Jul 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm

The vertical sign was recently featured on an episode of “House Hunters” on HGTV.

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Trolleyguy commented about New movie theater for grown-ups at Arboretum on Jul 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

It would have been nice to mention that this Arboretum was a shopping center. I had envisioned a wooded nature preserve.

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Trolleyguy commented about Movies 16 on Jul 2, 2012 at 3:27 am

Now officially named “Movies 16”.

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Trolleyguy commented about Center Cinema Twins on Jul 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm

The theater’s website indicates that they are now trying to raise money to purchase digital projection equipment.

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Trolleyguy commented about Silver Screen Cinema on Jun 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm

According to the website, this theater is now closed.

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Trolleyguy commented about Harbor Theatre on Jun 21, 2012 at 12:24 am

Status should be “closed.” Phone is disconnected as well.

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Trolleyguy commented about Patio starts Kickstarter campaign on Jun 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

It will be difficult to solicit funds for a privately owned for-profit venue. This is primarily because there are no tax write-off advantages for donors.

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Trolleyguy commented about Patio Theatre on May 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Rather than requesting donations, perhaps the owner of the theater should incorporate and sell shares to raise the funds to purchase digital equipment. Donations work best when there is a tax write-off from a non profit.

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Trolleyguy commented about Fox Theatre on May 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

The Fox was recently featured on the opening season for “America’s Got Talent.” Nice shots of the exterior and interior as people arrived for auditions for the reality show.

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Trolleyguy commented about Goetz Junior Theatre on May 11, 2012 at 11:50 pm

There is a photo of the Goetz Junior on the Goetz Theater website in the “Images Old” section.

http://tinyurl.com/7lbyozk

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Trolleyguy commented about Highland Park closes movie theater on May 9, 2012 at 12:03 am

I think that other considerations are also at play here. Like the cost of digital conversion and the city wanting to get out of the movie theater business.

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Trolleyguy commented about Portage Theater fate still in suspense on Apr 23, 2012 at 11:51 pm

A liquor license for a restaurant can mean the difference between breaking even or making money. Many people enjoy a drink with their meal, so why not?

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Trolleyguy commented about Tivoli Theatre on Apr 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm

The exterior of this theater shows up in the new Geico commercial about the gecko ventroliquist. Not sure if the auditorium shots are from the theater, but there are a few organ chords thrown in at the end.

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Trolleyguy commented about Roxy Theatre on Apr 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

If you look 2 blocks down the street to the fire department building, the alley side of the structure definitely appears to have been a theater at one time. Must be an address issue with Google.

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Trolleyguy commented about Wal-Mart threatening Cottage View Drive-In on Apr 11, 2012 at 1:05 am

As long as people continue to support Wally World by shopping there, there’s not much anyone can do about its increasing presence.

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Trolleyguy commented about Park Theatre on Apr 3, 2012 at 12:08 am

Actually, West Town streetcars crossed Austin Boulevard at Lake Street on March 30, 1947, using temporary rails. This was due to the abandonment of West Town streetcar service and the only way the cars could reach the Suburban carbarn in North Riverside was over the tracks of the Chicago Transit Authority’s carlines.

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Trolleyguy commented about El Capitan Theatre on Mar 31, 2012 at 7:49 pm

The exterior of this theater is featured in the 2011 “Muppets” movie.

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Trolleyguy commented about Nonprofit calls for volunteers, ramps up efforts to restore historic Ritz Theatre on Mar 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I agree completely. Sometimes I have to dig to find out where the theater is located in these stories.