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Lombard movie house gets reprieve

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    From: =Lou= ... Lombard movie house gets reprieve ... June 27, 2003 Lombard s Village Board has handed the future of the DuPage Theatre, a 75-year-old
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 30, 2003
      From: =Lou=

      ... and good news, too.

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      Lombard movie house gets reprieve
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      June 27, 2003

      Lombard's Village Board has handed the future of the DuPage Theatre, a 75-year-old structure in the heart of the downtown, along with $1 million in tax-increment financing funds, to a newly formed non-profit group.

      The DuPage Theatre Foundation, formed in April, entered into a redevelopment agreement with the village Wednesday that sets a December 2004 deadline to raise the funds and award contracts for a $6 million renovation project that would convert the shuttered movie theater into a 28,000-square-foot cultural arts center.

      Under the agreement, the center would have to be operational by Dec. 31, 2005. The board has designated that $900,000 of the money be used for construction, while $100,000 can be used to raise the needed funds to complete the job.

      Big Idea Productions, the maker of the popular "Veggie Tales" cartoon video series for children, donated the theater to the village in 1999 when the company moved to larger quarters.

      Since then, debate has raged on whether to demolish or renovate the facility. In close votes, renovation won out in part because of the promise that a group would come forward to run the operation and that the theater would not become a drain on taxpayers.

      DuPage Theatre Foundation board members bring a wide variety of knowledge to the board, including accounting, the arts, government, business and legal expertise, said the group's chairman, Martin Carroll.

      Friends of the DuPage Theatre, a separate group organized for volunteer fundraising, is planning a Diamond Anniversary Gala at the Carlisle in Lombard on July 25.

      Carroll, an attorney from Lombard, said the foundation board will hire fundraisers, grant writers and an executive director to manage the theater operations.


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