Des Plaines Theater Code Issues To Be Discussed Jan. 21

The Journal and Topics newspaper reported that the City Council will make a decision on Des Plaines Theater's code compliance issues Jan. 21.

The city's Building Code Committee recommended giving the Des Plaines Theater six months to make needed improvements, the Journal and Topics newspaper reported.

The Des Plaines Theater, 1476 Miner St., was renovated and held a grand opening Nov. 11, 2011. Over the course of a year dozens of volunteers have worked on restoring the theater.

The City Council will vote on whether to grant the six month extenstion for the code compliance at its Jan. 21 meeting, however, the manager of the theater told the Building Code Committee that six months would not be enough time, the Journal and Topics reported.

As Patch previously reported, the original compliance date for some of the repairs was Dec. 15. A fire curtain, the boiler room and the furnace room were among the issues.

RIck K January 14, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Let's see: 6 months to comply, or about 1 week to tear down and drag away all the remains of that ugly eyesore.
Douglas Bryan Bean January 15, 2013 at 01:27 PM
The Des Plaines Theater is a beautiful thing and well worthy of the National Register of Historic Places, which it has been deemed eligible for reasons both architectural and for it's social significance. It has been my experience that the people who call the Des Plaines Theatre an eyesore are working, whether they know it or not, for the same interests that have given us the hidden abomination that is Metropolitan Square. None of the voices who so call so lustily for the destruction of an architectural treasure have proposed anything at all to replace it, let alone anything that would be of comparable value as our home town movie palace. The Des Plaines Theatre owners and staff have worked hard to improve it's appearance and safety. It is a wonderful thing to see people coming to downtown Des Plaines again, for any reason. They deserve our patience and support. The real question to ask is why our representatives prefer the politics of doing nothing when they should be working our downtown to become stronger. Des Plaines should join the Illinois Main Street program and begin planning a real economic future for downtown Des Plaines which acknowledges the natural and irreplaceable importance of the Des Plaines Theater.
RIck K January 15, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I respect your opinion, but I do not agree with your statement that the theater it is a beautiful thing. While the hidden placement of Metropolitan Square was a mistake, building and renovating certainly is not. There are many factors involved in our city not making the right moves when it comes to making the downtown areas nicer, but any of them would involve tearing down buildings that are considered architecturally significant, or somehow insuring that there is something for people to come down to. I appreciate buildings that have endured the tests of time (and fires, closings, etc.) but when I find them unattractive and nothing special architecturally I ask why keep them around, if only for the fact they are old. There is little to no value in our current movie theater now, because it's time is in the past. Those who remember is grander days are older than me-I remember clearly in my high school days that it was well into being quite a dump, and that was 35 years ago. Now, if there was talk of renovating and expanding and changing the facade, as a part of a program like you mention, I would support that. But just because the theater is one of the more unique buildings in the city does not make it pretty and I would hope that keeping it, as is, would not be the centerpiece for a more beautiful downtown.
Kurt Wolf February 12, 2013 at 09:19 PM
I would ask what other building of historical and / or architectural significance is there in Des Plaines that is even close to the theater? Perhaps if more people would take the time to visit it and see the dramatic changes that have occurred, they would be less likely to make uninformed decisions. Basing an opinion on an experience 35 years ago certainly isn't a fair assessment of the current condition of the building. I've seen the condition of the theater from back in the 60's until now, and it has never looked better inside than it does now.


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