The church has withdrawn its request for rezoning of the Portage Theater, and has pulled out of the bidding on the property. While I don’t have any other details right now, I believe this makes the current theater operators either the only or the top bidders on the property.
This is wonderful news, particularly coming on top of the successful Patio Theater Kickstarter campaign. Thanks to everyone who supported these projects, with donations or letters or signatures on a petition. You’ve done something good for Chicago neighborhoods; you’ve aided in the process of bringing them back from decrepitude. These two theaters will serve this area for years to come, showing second run, oldies, and holding special events that will enrich their communities.
This is all very exciting.
p.s. Don’t forget that the Patio Kickstarter campaign is accepting donations until tomorrow night. While the donations are a sure thing now, every little bit helps. So please, if you haven’t already pledged, consider giving a few bucks.