Rehabilitation work began on October 23, beginning with the removal of the dividing walls that split the auditorium into two black “shoeboxes”. The theatre is being rehabilitated for use by Stage One Productions, which has been housed in the historic Des Plaines Masonic Temple Building across the street for 10 years. While the theatre will primarily be utilized for Stage One’s educational purposes, it will also be available for rental and special programming.
The first phase will not be a complete restoration, and its full scope is to be determined. Instead, the intention is to rehabilitate it to a state similar to the nearby Portage Theater in Chicago. The owner intends to reinvest future proceeds into further rehabilitation.
THS Member Brian Wolf is serving this project in an advisory capacity to ensure the theatre is treated sympathetically. He welcomes your expert opinion at BWChicago@gmail.com