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Life's Too Short commented about Davis Theater on Sep 9, 2017 at 5:13 pm

I didn’t realize they had opened up the front of the auditorium until viewing RickB’s article. It looks like they did a fantastic job.

My only nitpick is the smaller auditoriums in back. I never liked the look of a split vintage auditorium when they were all twinned back in the day, and I still don’t today. If it were my project I think I would have fitted out the back cinemas with drop ceilings and modern wall coverings.

But that shouldn’t be taken as negative commentary. It looks like they did an amazing renovation.

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Life's Too Short commented about Highland Park Theatre on Sep 9, 2017 at 4:53 pm

It’s a shame to see it go. But it gets more and more difficult to run a movie theater every year. Renovations with the best of intentions also don’t always work out so well (Skokie Theater for example).

I just hope the new development is not a monstrosity with no respect downtown Highland Park’s character. They put in a new residential building in downtown Wilmette a couple years ago, on the site of an old Ford Dealer. Not only is it taller than any other building nearby, but the building style kind of looks like it belongs in a theme park. All in all is sticks out like a sore thumb.

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Life's Too Short commented about Varsity Theater on Sep 7, 2017 at 12:03 am

That’s terrible. Not only does the building destroy the Varsity, it looks like another oversized, cheap-looking development that has no respect for context. I also have to wonder how many more apartments the market can absorb before we get into bubble territory.

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Life's Too Short commented about Loew's Pitkin Theatre on Aug 24, 2017 at 10:09 am

When they turned it into a school did they incorporate a gymnasium in there someplace? If they did I’m sure they didn’t save any of the interior. I’m just interested in how they might have fit it into the new design.

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Life's Too Short commented about Davis Theater on Oct 17, 2016 at 2:53 pm

Is there such a thing as German Chicago any more?

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Life's Too Short commented about Saenger Theatre on Oct 17, 2016 at 2:42 pm

It would have been better if Katrina had not hit. But the entrance looks better than it did before, by a long shot.

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Life's Too Short commented about Avalon Theater on Sep 3, 2016 at 2:38 pm

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.

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Life's Too Short commented about Rogers Theatre on Aug 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm

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?

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Life's Too Short commented about Rialto Square Theatre on Aug 29, 2016 at 10:59 am

Article: Joliet leaders weigh-in on Rialto’s future

The Herald-News, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016

http://www.theherald-news.com/2016/08/26/joliet-leaders-weigh-in-on-rialtos-future/a5eppgd/?page=1

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Life's Too Short commented about Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre on Aug 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm

I think the last chain to run the Oriental was M&R, rather than Kohlberg. But I wouldn’t swear to it.

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Life's Too Short commented about Belmont Theater on Aug 8, 2016 at 11:10 pm

Great photos of the Belmont here:

http://www.lakeviewhistoricalchronicles.org/2011/05/theaters-past.html

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Life's Too Short commented about Music Box Theatre on Jul 27, 2016 at 4:09 am

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.

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Life's Too Short commented about McClurg Court Cinemas on Jul 25, 2016 at 7:34 am

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.

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Life's Too Short commented about Lincoln Village 1-6 on Jul 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm

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.

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Life's Too Short commented about Cleveland, OH - Historic Ohio Theatre lobby re-created 52 years after fire destroyed 1921 original on May 21, 2016 at 5:04 pm

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.

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Life's Too Short commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Works here too bolorkay. It very well could be that your web browser got hit by some malware.

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Life's Too Short commented about Alamo Drafthouse New Mission Cinema on Apr 13, 2016 at 10:45 pm

It’s always amazing when they sit for this long and then come back. The renovation looks fantastic.

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Life's Too Short commented about Marcus Cinema Chicago Heights on Mar 23, 2016 at 12:26 am

Wasn’t there a Cineplex odeon in Chicago heights? Was this it?

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Life's Too Short commented about GRANADA Theatre; Chicago, Illinois. on Mar 22, 2016 at 1:30 pm

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.

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Life's Too Short commented about Capitol Theatre on Mar 21, 2016 at 4:39 pm

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?

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Life's Too Short commented about Good lord on Feb 13, 2016 at 4:48 pm

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.

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Life's Too Short commented about The Hill Community Development Corp. Plans Redevelopment of the New Granada Theatre on Feb 13, 2016 at 4:36 pm

They may read your comments. It’s just that they may have other priorities.

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Life's Too Short commented about It’s Fade to Black for Midtown’s Iconic Ziegfeld Movie Theater on Jan 30, 2016 at 9:18 pm

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.

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Life's Too Short commented about Senator Theatre on Jan 19, 2016 at 8:01 am

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.

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Life's Too Short commented about McVickers Theater on Jan 19, 2016 at 5:48 am

Is that really the McVicker’s? It looks an awful lot like the Chicago.