Breathing New Life Into Old Theaters

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This week in our look at stories from around the state, local volunteers are working to restore rundown theatres to their old luster, often with the hope that their community will benefit. From the Varsity in Carbondale to the Coronado in Rockford, and the Grand in downtown Wheaton, Illinois is dotted with majestic old theatres. Some have already been brought back to life, others like The Grand are still a work in progress. For this story, Illinois Public Radio’s Jim Meadows visited some of the state’s grand movie palaces

The Lorraine, located on Main Street in downtown Lorraine, operated as a movie theatre from 1922 to 2012. Today, the Save The Lorraine Foundation operates the theatre as a multi-use venue, and is continuing its restoration. ( Photo Credit: Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media)

The Lorraine, located on Main Street in downtown Lorraine, operated as a movie theatre from 1922 to 2012. Today, the Save The Lorraine Foundation operates the theatre as a multi-use venue, and is continuing its restoration. (Photo Credit: Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media)