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On the corner of Hickory and Vermillion sits a chance to make Streator, Illinois a destination for artists and entertainment again.
A new Majestic Theater could and will revive downtown Streator and acknowledge 105 years of history. 
Did you know a German Opera House once stood in Streator? The cultural legacy may not be forgotten but once the structure was leveled it could never again truly remind the City of it’s rich heritage, nor provide the City another cultural gem it could be renowned for.  
While there is yet time we need to act to restore the Majestic and keep history and live stage entertainment alive and flourishing for Streator.

Regarding Facebook Posts and the Petition:

 

Robert Endres 

Since I've been mentioned frequently in this thread I'd like to comment.  I was the largest contributor to getting the Majestic projectors.  Working at Dolby Laboratories in New York at the time I was able to secure some discounts for the projectors and the associated Dolby equipment.  I also paid to have our two best installation engineers in New York come out to install the equipment. I was shocked when Katie's partner who owned the building called cursing me out and ordering me to get "my" projectors out of the building as I had given him what so many other independent theatres at the time were seeking - a way to convert from film to digital projection.    The Majestic had one of the best digital installations around at the time of its closure.  Katie did not board the theatre up, but I was glad that she was able to get the projectors out as they would have been sold.  She always planned to reinstall them and reopen the theatre but as she has noted a long list of obstacles has thwarted her plan.  The Majestic is one of Streator's few remaining links to the its past. There is value in preserving a town's history and many small town theatres have done that.  See for example the Fischer Theatre in Danville.  The last time I was in it it was in worse shape than the Majestic with large holes in the roof and ceiling.  Now it's a beautifully restored performing arts and civic center. It can be done!  It's time Katie got some help and encouragement from the community - not vilification.

 

Water Color Painting of

Majestic Theatre

by local artist Carol Halm

(May 2020)

Prints, Posters, products are now available to support the restoration efforts of the Majestic Theatre.

Carol Halm was born, raised and still lives in a quaint town called Ottawa in Illinois.  She has worked in watercolors for over 45 years and has spent 25 years in colored pencil.  She has worked on many commissions as well as licensing. She attended at Illinois Valley Community College and has spent countless hours perfecting her craft.  She works in various styles such from realism to whimsical and had completed several projects for companies such as Current, Dayspring and PCCrafter.  Three dimensional works, murals, kitchen products and clothing have also been among her accomplishments. Besides spending time with her daughter and her family, she loves spending her time creating.   

Groucho played the Majestic as a vaudeville act.

You may remember Gonzales Gonzales from John Wayne movies.  He provided comedy in Rio Bravo, Hellfighters, and other John Wayne flicks.

Here is where he got his start as an actor when he appeared as a contestant on 'You Bet Your Life'. Groucho Marx takes advantage of the situation based upon the audience laughter.

John Wayne saw the show and put Gonzales in his movies. 

Please click the link below:

Gonzales Gonzales Marx

I own two historic theater The Majestic Theater in Streator IL and the Will Rogers Theater in Charleston IL.  Both are in dire need of restoration.  Estimated costs are a million dollars each.  The Majestic hosted performances by several well-known stars, such as Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Ed Wynn, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker and Eva Tanguay.  The Will Rogers is on the National Historic Register.

I am seeking funding for both projects.

My business plan calls for working with the non profit organization Here and Again Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting the arts and entertainment industry as a way to educate and create employment in the entertainment industry. 

My Corporation, Summer House Entertainment Inc will operate the theater as a for profit.  We will attract clients from a 50 plus mile radius of each venue hosting live National Acts opened by local artists who perform in a Here and Again Inc program called Song + Story.   We will also be able to host film festivals and local events as well as first run movies.

The National acts that play the theaters are an economic boom to the communities.  Patrons who attend events will often spend the night (or two) at local hotels, buy gas, and eat in restaurants.  

Raising the quality of life with a vibrant theater attracts employers who want their employees to be happy in the communities in which they live.  This is classic economic development.

Mixing Song + Story participants with National Entertainers gives local up and coming talent the opportunity to network with entertainers who have been successful, giving them more opportunity for success in the entertainment industry.

I am hopeful you see the benefits that I am proposing and help me find a way to fund the projects.  

The Majestic is in an Opportunity Zone 17099964300, TIF and Enterprise Zone and the Will Rogers is also in an Opportunity zone track 17029000500, TIF and Enterprise Zone.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I will look forward to hearing any suggestions or opportunities you may have to offer.

I may be reached at

Katie Troccoli  katiet1@sbcglobal.net of call or text 815-228-2058

 

Wells Fargo Article Explaining Opportunity Zones

Song + Story, from Here and Again Inc 501 c3

 

WRWO 94.5 FM presents Song + Story: A Homegrown Music Series,

a monthly songwriter showcase in Ottawa, IL

Ashen Swan The Small Hours WRWO Song + Story 12 12 18

Jim For Our Love For Our Love WRWO Song + Story 10 28 18

Tatum Simpko | WRWO Song + Story 4.18.19

Wes Duffy feat Daniel Watkins Roller Coaster WRWO Song + Story 10 28 18

Ian Leith | Buzz | WRWO Song + Story 4.19.18

The New Zeitgeist | Looking Glass Man | WRWO Song + Story 10.28.18

Pete Jive | All I See | WRWO Song + Story 10.28.18

Brett Conlin | Home On Time | WRWO Song + Story 10.28.18

Jamie Berthiaume Echoes WRWO Song + Story 1 16 19

Christine Melody | 7 Seas | WRWO Song + Story 11.29.18

InTime | Setting Slowly | WRWO Song + Story 9.6.18

Victor Raul | No Sanctuary | WRWO Song + Story 11.29.18

Andrew Plymire | Dear Mr. Morgan | WRWO Song + Story 1.16.19

MMCM | Love on Standby | WRWO Song + Story 4.19.18

Carley Ann Baudino | WRWO Song + Story | 3.21.18

Carley Ann Baudino | WRWO Song + Story | 3.21.18

Jory Avner | WRWO Song + Story 2.28.2019

Josh Rinehart | No Man's Land | WRWO Song + Story 11.29.18

Robin Bienemann | WRWO Song + Story 4.18.19

Jim For Our Love | For Our Love | WRWO Song + Story 10.28.18

MMCM | Backwards | WRWO Song + Story 4.19.18

Christina Eltrevoog | Tap Shoe | WRWO Song + Story 6.6.18

Daniel Watkins | Reckless | WRWO Song + Story 7.3.18

MMCM | No Wake Zone | WRWO Song + Story 4.19.18

Katie Belle Trupiano | WRWO Song + Story | 3.21.18

InTime | Setting Slowly | WRWO Song + Story 9.6.18

MMCM | Holding On | WRWO Song + Story 4.19.18

Aaron Kelly | No Reception | WRWO Song + Story 7.3.18

DPCD | WRWO Song + Story 4.18.19

Emilele | Something in the Air | WRWO Song + Story 4.19.18

Jamie Berthiaume | Echoes | WRWO Song + Story 1.16.19

Robin Bienemann | Pregnant | WRWO Song + Story 4.18.19

Mirabelle Skipworth | Building Man | WRWO Song + Story 9.6.18

Goldy Moon | Villain | WRWO Song + Story 1.16.19

Suri Wong | Monsieur Gris | WRWO Song + Story 12.12.18

Rebecca Jasso | The Sun the Storm | WRWO Song + Story 9.6.18

Babes in the Wood | Mama | WRWO Song + Story 2.28.19

Robin + Andrea | Evolution | WRWO Song + Story 6.6.18

Sue Fink | Black Sheep Kid | WRWO Song + Story

Projekts | Many Roads/Stable | WRWO Song + Story 12.12.18

Maya Bennett | Slips and Things | WRWO Song + Story 2.28.19

MT Walls | WRWO Song + Story 2.28.19

Maya Bennett | WRWO Song + Story 2.28.19

Babes In The Wood | WRWO Song + Story 2.28.19

KevinRoyK | Rollin' Coal | WRWO Song + Story 9.6.18

On December 19, 2018 I, with my development team, met with the City Manager of Streator Scot Wrighton.  I was told the City of Streator had no Tax Increment Funds to help re develop the Majestic Theatre.  

On November 13, 2019 I met with the new City Manager of Streator, IL David Plyman.  I was told by Mr. Plyman that the prior City Manager Scot Wrighton had entered into the re development Tax Increment Financing agreement with Beautiful City LLC (Eagle 6) and the Northpoint Development that has cash strapped the City of Streator.  The City of Streator is having a difficult time meeting their financial obligations.  That the downtown TIF (which the Majestic Theatre is in) is supporting the Northpoint TIF.  I was told the City of Streator borrowed money to develop the Northpoint TIF.  Once again, I was told the City has no Tax Increment Financing funds to help with the re development of the Majestic Theatre located in the Downtown Streator TIF. 

TIF Agreement for Eagle 6

Streator Business Development Agreement

 

 

The impact and importance of the performing arts on the cultural and economic life of American cities has been felt since the very first theater and vaudeville houses sprung up on Main Streets throughout the country." ”

Michael R. Schnoering

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