Monday, January 5, 2015

Historic Route 66 Marquee to Be Changing in Joliet

From the December 18, 2014, Chicago Tribune "It's curtains for historic theater's marquee" by Alicua Fabbre.

Of course, Route 66ers know this would be the famous Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois.

Despite public outcry, the old marquee is going to change...a little.  It will now allow for digital display and video of upcoming acts where there is now just lettering for the same.

Opponents say this is not in keeping with the character of the building which dates back to 1926 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Theater officials say plans for this have been underway for seven years and a recent $350,000 donation had made it all possible.  Local businessman Edward Czerkies donated the money and the names of his parents will appear on all three sides.  The large vertical sign with the theater's name that is attached to the building will get a fresh coat of paint but will remain the same.

To me, that is the main thing about the building's exterior.


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