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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 25, 2013

Hoopeston Group Looks To Save Lorraine Theater

By Jeff Bossert

Lorraine Theater

A group of Hoopeston residents hopes to give the community a sense of how the old downtown movie theater once operated.

The Lorraine Theatre opened its doors in 1922, but closed its doors in March of 2012, suffering the fate of many single auditorium small-town movie houses.

An unnamed buyer recently bought it, and the Lorraine 2, an old store location that was converted in recent years to show movies.  

The buyer expects to do some maintenance – then turn both of them over to the Save The Lorraine Foundation in the next few weeks.

Group president and lifelong Hoopeston resident Jim Richards admitted there’s more to be done, namely, raise about $200,000 for maintenance and restoring the Art Deco design.

His memories included a day when vaudeville acts came to town.

"They didn’t have dressing rooms, so what they did, is basically put a ladder – and there’s two tiers on each side, and they went up an built little platforms," he said.  "The vaudeville people would walk up the ladder on the side of the thing, go over to the space that they had - which was elevated, above the stage, they would dress in their costumes and change costumes - and walk down and present their program on the stage.”

Richards said his group is open-minded, and needs to rent out the theater for other uses to make ends meet, including theater acts and weddings.

The Save The Lorraine Foundation holds its first fundraiser Sunday, a spaghetti dinner at the Hoopeston’s Fast Lanes Bowling Alley from 12 to 3 p.m.







NPR - Illinois Public Media News - July 15, 2013

Remembering Cory Monteith Of ‘Glee’

By Nathan Rott

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Cory Monteith

The Cory Monteith that most Americans knew wasn't Cory Monteith at all. It was Finn Hudson, the high school football star turned "Glee" club member, whose singing talents were discovered in the shower during the musical comedy's pilot episode on Fox TV.

Categories: Entertainment, History

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - July 07, 2013

For Hannibal & Co., A Horrifying New Stage

By Beth Accomando

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horror musicals

What do a reanimated deviant surgeon, a cannibalistic serial killer and a demon-plagued, vomit-spattered priest have in common? They're all characters in camp stage musicals inspired by horror films — and they're all played by the same classically trained opera singer.


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