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Discussion continues. This has been tossed around for enough years now that I think they’ll eventually make something happen. As long as I’ve been alive Evanston has had a large arts contingent.
These old Chicago hotels have been rapidly going away over the last fifteen years. My guess is the Covent building will soon either be renovated or demolished.
Wow. It was so nice. By the time I attended in the 90’s it was split in half and kind of dumpy.
Goldman Sachs is involved? Nobody is happier than I am to see this happening. But it still isn’t clear to me how the deal came together.
Shore Bank, which ran it’s headquarters out of the old Jeffrey Building, collapsed during the financial crisis and I believe the remains were brokered through FDIC. I saw an article in Crain’s the other day stating that the new owners plan to sell the Jeffrey Building. Shore Bank was a nice idea that was probably never going to work. Their whole business proposition was based on writing mortgages for people in distressed neighborhoods. You’d have to show me a lot of numbers before I would ever put any stock in that idea.
Apparently now being used as a nightclub three nights a week:
I wish they hadn’t done that. I was hoping one day someone might come up with a solid reuse idea for the lobby.
Restaurants also fail as often as they succeed. So hopefully the ornamentation doesn’t end up in a dumpster next year.
That video is great. It shows exactly where the theater was on the block.
I can’t believe this is actually happening. I just hope it doesn’t end up being another church.
However things turn out this is fantastic news.
Carranza seems like the type of guy who thinks he can do what he wants and always smooth it over when opposition arises. The world doesn’t really work that way however. There is always a day of reckoning and it seems like his may now have arrived.
Here is a report prepared for the city by some consulting firm in July, 2011. In it they discuss reactivating the balcony space for theater use while keeping stores in the ground floor:
New charges. Liquor license in jeopardy:
One of these days Carranza is going to run out of luck.
Digital projectors are in now from what I understand.
Since its restoration the Paramount has been upgraded significantly. The original lobby was expanded into some kind of ballroom or party space. From what I can see it was tastefully done.
In response to earlier comments: The Norshore Building was not on the site of the bank or the Howard Bowl. It was in between these two. The Norshore was demolished and replaced with an office building while the bank and Howard Bowl remained. The bank, office building that replaced the Norshore and the Howard Bowl were all demolished for the development now situated there.
Link to a photo of the Milford Ballroom when it “had seen better days”:
The pastor exorcised the ground? Give me a break. I suppose he asked all parishioners to tithe 15% of their income to the church.
My hunch is that the Paramount will not be restored anytime soon. I think the University will probably continue using it for a variety of purposes. Even if they have a new gymnasium for official basketball games, this one can have other uses. When I was at U. of Illinois in Champaign there were several gyms around campus which were used for all sorts of things.
Aside from the fact that I believe the building is still viable for LIU, unless the Trustees are blind they must be aware of the growing likelihood of the Loews Kings restoration. They must also be aware of the Bronx Paradise recently being leased to a church. While these are not the only considerations with regard to restoration, any governing body with the capacity for thoughtful decision would have to take these things into account.
I took a few photographs of the Biograph in the 80’s. Those photos can now be found at the Theater Historical Society in Elmhurst, IL.
Wow! It looks like they did a nice job on the renovation. I was there once when it was still one screen and it was a pit. I went once more after they split it up and it wasn’t half bad. But I’d guess over twenty-five years it was probably well on the way to being a pit again.
Back in the 80’s THS was compiling a comprehensive Chicago theater directory. If that American Classic guy was taking pictures of things like the Nita I wonder if he had access to it.
Carranza sounds just plain crazy:
I love the marquee in the Water Winter Wonderland listing above: “Michigan’s Finest Adult Movies”. What a laugh.
Judgement should not be passed until they finish. But to me it looks like this is going to be an extremely clumsy-looking building.