Saturday, December 10, 2011
Family-friendly activities leading to Christmas.
The lights are up, holiday music is on the radio and the festive season is underway. Here are some local events to burn a Yuletide log and lift your spirit. Holiday Book Sale and Craft Fair Where/When: The Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St., 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Why Go: Got a book lover on your holiday gift list? Check out gently used books available for a great price. Gifts will also be available for purchase from the Des Plaines History Center and Des Plaines Art Guild. Pricing: Free admission. Free Photo With Santa Where/When: Lake Park Memorial Pavilion in The Optimist Club's Christmas tree lot, 2200 Lee St., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 17. Why Go: Say cheese! Snap a …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The historic venue will be used as a rental space.
Hundreds of residents, owners, families, politicians and well-wishers turned out for the Des Plaines Theatre’s grand opening Friday. Inside there were hors d’oeuvres, drinks, conversation and lots of flashing bulbs. Onstage The Shout Section Big Band belted out some swinging jazz numbers, and a few people danced. The theater will be a rental house, and will bring in all different types of acts, Allison Orr, manager at the theater, told attendees. “We’ll be able to really run the gamut,” Orr said. Earlier: Snapshots of the Des Plaines Theatre. In a separate interview she said shows would begin to be booked in the next few weeks, but on Friday, she was happy to have finally opened. Orr was all smiles as she greeted the crowd in front of the …
Friday, March 25, 2011
City officials were set to meet with leasing agent to discuss vacancy Thursday.
In the wake of Cheeseburger in Paradise’s abrupt closing two weeks ago, city officials and the leasing company of the former tenant were set to meet this week. At the same time, one of two economic development initiatives designed to improve the downtown area, has yet to benefit one business since starting in the fall of last year. City officials were scheduled to meet with representatives from NEI Management & Development of McHenry Thursday, the property management company that represents landlords in Metropolitan Square that lost tenant Cheeseburger in Paradise, Michael Bartholomew, director of community and economic development said. The Jimmy Buffet themed restaurant closed March 11. Bartholomew said they would discuss the leasing …
Thursday, March 3, 2011
In case you missed the show, here are some photos recapping the fun!
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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Des Plaines resident and Patch contributor Jim Barnes snapped these photos at the Vaudeville Variety Show Saturday at the Des Plaines Theatre.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Looking for something to do this weekend? Check these events and activities out!
Let your weekend start today! We found some great events for everyone, whether you're babysitting your sister's four kids for the weekend or she's babysitting yours and you're FREE! Wee! Vaudeville Variety Show Where/When: Des Plaines Theater, Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Why Go: This family-friendly, modern take on vaudeville will feature 12 performers/ acts whose talents range from juggling to comedy, magic and more. It's the last show for this family produced event so come on down and show some support! The show also took place in January and was a great success! Pricing: $12 Maine West High School Presents “The Wiz” Where/When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 26 at Maine West High School, 1755 S Wolf Rd, Des Plaines. Why Go…
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
A roundup of the region's major developments for Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Here are the top stories from Patch sites in your area: Community Alert, Attempted Child Luring New Fire Alarms Get Tested At Theater But Not On Purpose Fox on a Cold, Lincolnwood Drive Roof Transvestite Lover Flees Domestic Dispute J.P. McCarthy's Gets Warm Wilmette Welcome
False alarm brings out four fire trucks and two ambulances.
A cap with a mind of its own popped off of a furnace Tuesday afternoon while being cleaned by two workers at the Des Plaines Theatre. "They were firing it up and it just popped off and sent soot everywhere, which set off the alarms," said Gay Meizen, who is the project manager overseeing the recent theater renovations. "It was deafening," she said. "In two minutes the whole city was here." Incidentally, the new fire alarm system had just been installed that morning. "This is not how we wanted to test the system," said owner Dhitu Bhagwaker, with a laugh. "Definitely not how we wanted to test the system," Meizen agreed. "But it was actually kind of funny." Fire officials shut down the gas and inspected the building and deemed it safe. No …
Friday, January 14, 2011
Residents watched facility's transformation through the years during Thursday presentation.
The Des Plaines Theatre has endured many renovations, inside and out, over the years and even remained standing after a fire. Now workers are literally peeling back the decades to restore the theater to its original state. With the new remodeling under way, residents gathered at the Des Plaines History Center's monthly program, Coffee Talk, to discuss the evolution of the theater. Brian Wolf, lifelong resident, history preservationist and writer of Revitalize Des Plaines! (he's also a Patch contributor) lead the discussion showing pictures of the theater throughout the years and pieces of the original building. In sharing the history of the theater, Wolf hopes it will remind residents why they love it and why it’s worth saving. “I think we…
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
More than 250 people came by to take tours, watch films, reminisce and donate to the Theatre's renovation.
Sunday at the Des Plaines Theatre was a day for reminiscing--as residents (and a few out-of-towners) fought the cold weather and set foot in the theatre, some for the first time in decades--and rejoicing as more than $1,200 was donated for the still ongoing renovations. More than 250 people attended the event which included screenings of the 1935 Scrooge and A Christmas Without Snow, caroling by the Willows Academy Choir, guided tours by Project Manager Gay Meizen and complimentary cookies, coffee and hot chocolate. Families like the Klaisners, (Kevin and daughters Katie and Nicole) came out to show support and enjoy some hot chocolate. Kevin has fond memories of attending the theatre as a teen living in Des Plaines. Phil Heller, who …