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Will Rogers Theatre 705 Monroe Ave., Charleston IL

One of the problems with downtowns is they tend to roll up the sidewalks at 5 o'clock.   A theater can be an economic anchor for downtowns.  Theatres are often a feeder for restaurants and shops that stay open later.  In a thriving environment these businesses will feed off each other.  With out the theatre there is no place for the arts ( film, music, comedy, and more) to perform.

Renovating theatre buildings becomes particularly costly if they must be overhauled to accommodate modern audiences and performers. Creating a contemporary facility may mean expanding the lobby and backstage area, making bathrooms handicapped-accessible and replacing old film projectors with digital equipment.

Majestic Theatre 119 N Vermillion St., Streator, IL

Example of the impact a theatre can have on a community.
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CHICAGO (CBS) – For many years, it has been a neighborhood in transition on the Near Northwest Side. Now, Logan Square is transitioning into a place on the move, where businesses are moving in and people are investing.

CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.


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