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Film Thu Jan 29 2009
The Village North Theatre, a locally owned dive movie theater in Rogers Park, has closed its doors due to mounting legal and money woes. A reporter for the Chi-Town Daily News recently found the theater "covered with signs simply reading, 'Theater Closed For Good.'" That sounds pretty final -- although the owner has stated plans to renovate and re-open in the spring and restore the building's historic facade. Some people aren't holding their breath. The Chi-Town Daily News reports:
While many are excited about the desire and work to save and improve the theater, others have developed a wait-and-see attitude. "The trend of developers in Rogers Park seems to be focused on demolishing beautiful nearly century-old buildings," says [Bill] Morton, who has lived in Rogers Park for the past 10 years. "This has been the case with the Adelphi Theater, the North Shore School, and the Lerner Building."