After months of being closed, the historic Will Rogers Theatre has been bought by a private company and will be brought back to life.
We congratulate the Save the Will Rogers grassroots group for diligently working to have the theater restored and making sure someone purchased the theater.
The grassroot group is a perfect example of community members coming together to achieve something the community desperately wants.
Back when AMC Entertainment Inc. vacated the theater, the grassroot group quickly formed to ensure their cherished theater would not disappear.
They created a Facebook group to get the word out and so far the Facebook group has 587 members.
Founder of the group Tom Vance posted on Facebook after learning of the purchase, “The incredible architecture of the Will and great local support brought us the perfect buyer.” He also said he plans to turn the Facebook page over to the new owners.
Operators of the Majestic Theatre in Streator and Ottawa natives Tim Burke and husband and wife James and Katie Troccoli have decided to invest in this cherished piece of Charleston.