John Hughes films, live music are the stars of the Wilmette Theater reopening celebration on Saturday November 6th
It’s show time at the Wilmette Theater this weekend.
The monument in downtown Wilmette will reopen to the public on Saturday, November 6, with a program full of local flavors.
Throughout the days of Saturday and Sunday, November 6 and 7, the theater will show films by writer and director John Hughes, famously inspired by his upbringing on the North Coast and often shot in local locations. And Wilmette Antler Chandelier’s group will perform on Saturday night in the theater’s new Living Room Lounge.
A ribbon cut and a champagne toast will kick off on Friday, November 5, said Amy Falkowski, program director of the non-profit theater.
âWe’re so excited to do this,â said Falkowski, who gave credit to the theater board. âSo much work has gone into this reopening and so much work will come out of it. â¦ We have fed and are still working. People were working all day long to prepare for this.
During the pandemic, the theater was opened on a limited basis for special and private events, small screenings and virtual programming. The building closed in June for major renovations to the bathrooms and the concession area.
The nonprofit also underwent a leadership rotation in June and July with the resignation of its only full-time employee, Wendy Sharon, and three of its five board members.
Theater guests can look forward to four new bathrooms, a renovated and smaller concession area, and a reimagined living room space that includes upgraded lighting and sound systems to better accommodate live performances. .
Falkowski, who was hired in September, worked with the board on the reopening lineup, which includes live performances throughout November.
Passes to the films Nov 6-7 are $ 5, Falkowski said, and the theater will show “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Sixteen Candles” and “Pretty in Pink” in one play, and “Weird Science” , “Uncle Buck” and “Breakfast Club” in the other.
After the John Hughes Marathon on November 6, the doors will open at 6 p.m. for Antler Chandelier. Tickets are free for the concert, and the theater will sell beer (sponsored by Cruz Blanca), wine, sodas, and other concessions.
Other bookings in November include Hot LZ at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 13, and Chris Karabas of Wilmette and her band the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 24.
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