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They could have incorporated this beautiful, historic building into their downtown plan, and instead will demolish it to build more unsightly townhomes and condos. What a world we live in!!! Not to mention you can buy a beautiful historic home in Elgin for less than those new places cost!
My husband and I just went to take pictures of the building this past weekend, it is still standing. Does anyone know of any organizations still trying to get this theater re-opened? If so, we would like to be involved. The downtown Elgin area could come alive again if enough time, money, and care was put into it. There are already townhouses being built by the library and casino, I don’t see why they would need to build even more in the spot where the theater stands now.
I saw many Disney movies there as a child. I was so sad to see this theater torn down.
I would love to see this theater restored and re-opened. My aunt has lived a few blocks from the Patio for over twenty years. My family and I walked there many summer evenings to catch a movie, and I always wanted to make sure I got there early enough to watch the starry sky for awhile before the movie started. If anyone is seriously planning or knows of any type of fundraiser or anything like that please be sure to post, I would like to get involved!
I think I may have some very vague memories of this theater – does anyone know if they used to show Laurel and Hardy films in the early 80s? My grandpa used to take my mom and I to these when I was younger but I don’t remember the location.