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So many times restoration plans come and go. But this guy got it done, and it looks like he did a fantastic job. I had heard the second theater would be in the old balcony. But from photos on the Avalon web site it seems they must have built it out in an adjoining building.
The photo Brian uploaded on July 2 sure looks a lot like the Morse/Coed/Mayne Stage Theater in Rogers Park. Is there a connection?
Article: Joliet leaders weigh-in on Rialto’s future
The Herald-News, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016
I think the last chain to run the Oriental was M&R, rather than Kohlberg. But I wouldn’t swear to it.
Great photos of the Belmont here:
Haven’t been here in years. But my memory is that the concession stand was designed to blend with the lobby design. Hopefully whatever they put in during this renovation fits just as well.
I used to work across the aisle from that guy in the Darth Maul costume seen at 2:33. He was quite proud of it. Had Star Wars stuff all over his work area. Wonder what ever happened to him.
Passed by yesterday and saw the conversion underway. There is a large hole in the north wall. It is nice that something is finally being done with this property. It’s been an eyesore for quite some time. Uploaded three images to photos section.
Wow, what a gift. It looks like they did a fantastic job. Goes a long way to making up for what they did to the Allen, although I understand it must have had to do with keeping Playhouse Square viable. They must be still be doing well to attract this kind of capital.
Works here too bolorkay. It very well could be that your web browser got hit by some malware.
It’s always amazing when they sit for this long and then come back. The renovation looks fantastic.
Wasn’t there a Cineplex odeon in Chicago heights? Was this it?
The story goes that the owner had that circular stained glass window removed and shipped to his home in another state. It was unfortunately destroyed in transit.
Can’t confirm that. But it came from a source who should know.
I don’t mean to be insensitive. But the question bears asking: Isn’t Flint basically a giant ghetto nowadays? If they do get the theatre project done who is going to drive to Downtown Flint to attend an event?
Does this suck? Yes. But I heard the theatre was racking up massive losses, and that no one stepped up with any sort of viable rescue plan. In that situation it isn’t reasonable to expect it remain open.
They may read your comments. It’s just that they may have other priorities.
That totally sucks. But if it really has been losing $1 million annually I can understand to some extent. That’s a lot to eat just to keep a theater open.
It occurs to me that a non-profit or government organization could take over. But I guess there must not be any momentum for something like that.
Seems like there was considerable drama going on a few years ago, regarding the theater’s future. I’m glad to see it survived to write another chapter.
Is that really the McVicker’s? It looks an awful lot like the Chicago.
1971 photo of auditorium here:
I’ve seen photos of the inside. If it was lovingly cared for at one time, it certainly wasn’t in the last phase.
It’s great that they’re doing something productive with it.
I would’ve shaken my head. It’s great that this new market is giving the Paramount so much success.
I think all the Crobars are closed now. Nature of the business I suppose. Clubs always need to be new.
I’m pretty sure it won’t collapse. If they could right the Costa Concordia and sail it away to an Italian Port they should be able to pull this off.
At first glance I’m not sure I see the cost benefit analysis in such an expensive project. But someone thinks it’ll work, and they very likely know more than I do.
I wonder how many other businesses might be closing soon. Super high minimum wage, super high property taxes, “cloud” tax, crazy privatized street parking rates. Not to mention the sales tax. I bought a couch in Chicago recently and was shocked at how much the sales tax was. Next time I buy something like that there’s a good chance it will be in the suburbs.