November 30, 2011 A Bit of Broadway Returns to Hyde Park
Building owner Pat Tierney and project partners HBI and Hyde Park Main Streets envisioned this project as a way to not only restore a bit of Logan Square?s historic streetscape, but also to draw attention to the presence of the long-shuttered theatre and to help build community support for its eventual rehabilitation.
The first of these goals has been met, as the sign has already created quite a buzz in the neighborhood, with many locals asking about when the theatre will be restored. While planning for that ultimate goal will begin moving forward in earnest soon, the renovated lobby is being opened as a space for exhibits and other community events. Paired with ?The Switch? next door?a formerly vacant storefront that Pat Tierney renovated and opened last year as a funky and flexible short-term retail and event rental space?these two newly-activated spaces will add energy and life to the Fairmount Avenue streetscape.