THS members Dennis Wilhelm, Biff Buttler, and Beth Eckerty have all sent this link. THS member Dennis Wolkowicz operates the Portage on lease. His good friend Jay Warren plays the hybrid electronic / theatre pipe organ there for silent films. The story references conversion of Loew’s Metropolitan in Brooklyn to a church which THS saw on our 2002 Big Apple Conclave.
“The Portage Theater is one of only a handful of independent, truly historic movie theaters still operating in Chicago. If you’ve been following Chicagoist for awhile, you know that we have a real soft spot for the movie palace, a grand place to see anything from Star Wars to silent cinema. So when we heard reports this weekend that the Portage is under possible threats of closure, you can bet we took notice . . .”
Link to the story here. http://chicagoist.com/2012/03/12/is_the_portage_theater_under_threat.php
There are further links in the story above.
There is a new Facebook page for the Portage: http://www.facebook.com/SaveThePortageTheater#!/SaveThePortageTheater