Following decades of closure after generations of being one of Chicago’s premier theaters, Bridgeport’s Ramova Theatre is set to reopen this fall thanks to the help of some of the city’s musical heavyweights.
Quincy Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Chance the Rapper have been announced as co-owners of the reimagined theater, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2021.
Beginning operations in 1929, Ramova Theatre was one of the city’s most recognizable theaters up until its eventual closure in 1985, marked by a final screening of “Police Academy 2.”
Efforts to reopen the theater began back in 2017, when developer Tyler Nevius became an investor and owner to oversee the rehabilitation of the neighborhood landmark.
In addition to the reopening of the theater as a live music venue, a brewery, beer garden and grill in partnership with Other Half Brewing will be opening at the site as well, located at 3520 South Halsted Street.
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