Yvonne Zipter | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Is the Portage Theater in danger?

As I said to Alderman Arena, closing the Portage Theater would change the character of our neighborhood, at least in part because tenants would be evicted and some adjacent store fronts would be closed. It doesn't make sense to me to locate a huge church in the middle of a business district--especially when, as has been pointed out, there are plenty of other non-historically significant places they could locate, including vacant churches that are for sale! And although the Portage Theater isn't technically a historical landmark, it is definitely a significant part of the neighborhood's history and I don't think its destruction should be taken lightly. Ideally, I wish a nonprofit organization would step in to preserve the Portage Theater to prevent such threats from ever occurring again.

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Posted by Yvonne Zipter on 03/13/2012 at 9:51 AM

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