Theatre Historical Society will host a community open house on Friday, January 14, 2011 from 5pm to 7pm at which a memorial plaque to THS Founding Member Ken M. Lufkin will be unveiled. His recent major bequest has allowed THS to establish an endowment fund which provides for a full-time Archive Director. Readerboard and Facebook friends are welcome to attend. THS staff and Board members will be in attendance.

Ken Lufkin was raised in Newton, Iowa where he worked in the local movie theatre. He started as a radio broadcaster but his career was in radio advertising sales in New York City. He spent his retirement years in Des Moines, Iowa and Scottsdale, Arizona where he died at age 87 in 2008. His gift was the largest in THS history. His generosity and foresight has changed the course of the organization.

You will also see the newly installed vintage seat end standards which have been retrofitted to the permanent seats in our big Chicago Avalon Theatre model thanks to the help of our landlords Classic Cinemas and Willis and Shirley Johnson.

THS is located on the 2nd floor of the York Theatre building, 152 N. York St., Elmhurst, Illinois. Free. Refreshments provided. Call 630 / 782-1800 for more information.

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  1. Kathy McLeister

    In addition, there are two new exhibits on display.

    One exhibit focuses on the theatre buildings designed by architect Walter W. Ahlschlager. Ahlschlager designed many notable buildings including the Roxy Theatre (New York, NY), Peabody Hotel (Memphis, TN), Carew Tower (Cincinnati, OH), and Medinah Athletic Club which is now the hotel Inter Continental Chicago (Chicago, IL).

    The second exhibit is a hands on exhibit about theatre marquees. Learn about the history and use of marquees and then try it out yourself on the photographic reproduction of the Paradise Theatre’s marquee (Chicago, IL).

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