Friday
Aug192011

New life for old house

Pioneer Press, by Suzanne Weiss, August 14, 1986 The one-time queen of State Street is getting her sceptre all shined up. Dark for more than three years, the Chicago Theater will reopen its doors September 10, following a $5 million renovation, first phase of a total projected $25 million reclamation plan.

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Friday
Aug192011

'Visionary' programmer bets he can fill up those seats

Chicago Tribune, August 31, 1986, by Sid Smith "When I first got involved in this kind of thing back in 1970 they called me a lunatic," says Ray Shepardson, executive producer and general manager of Chicago Theatre Productions. "Now, I'm a visionary."

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Friday
Aug192011

A Theater Restorer Razes No Buildings But Raises Hackles

Ray Shepardson Cuts Corners To Meet Tight Budgets; Purists Go Along Nervously By Lee Berton, The Wall Street Journal, March 5, 1996 During restoration of the 75-year-old State Theater in Minneapolis, Ray Shepardson was in a feisty mood.

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Thursday
Aug182011

Hope For Playhouse Square

Cleveland Plain Dealer - November 23, 1978 By Wolf Von Eckardt - a visting professor this year at Cleveland State University, wrote about Playhouse Square here in his Washington Post column. This the story of a white elephant which has been stirring here for five years, and soon may be strong enough to pull Cleveland's decrepit downtown out of its doldrums.

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Thursday
Aug182011

Staging A Revival

Low-Price Show Enliven a Section of Cleveland Raising Hopes for Awakening Other Downtowns The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, April 13, 1977 CLEVELAND - Fleeing the downtown area at 5 p.m. has long abeen a way of life here. "You could walk down the middle of Euclid Avenue on Tuesday night and not get hit by a car," says one local retailer. But lately, crowds have been flocking here nearly every night of the week, to a faded corner of downtown called Playhouse Square.

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