The owner of Park Ridge’s beloved Pickwick Theater had planned to announce a new tenant to run the theater on Thursday, but said it would delay that news early Thursday.
Co-owner Dino Vlahakis said he plans to step down from running the theater, along with co-owner Dave Rumos, and is still making arrangements with future tenants.
“It’s a very short period of time and as we all know, this is a big deal,” Vlahakis said. “It will probably take a little longer…it will be a few weeks away.”
Vlahakis and Loomos hoped to announce their successors at a final screening in Pickwick’s 900-seat 1928 vintage auditorium and four small theaters. gone with the windto Thursday at 7 PM.
But Vlahakis said a final deal would take a little longer than they had hoped.
He and Loomos have announced that the theater will close on December 6th. They also said he plans to retain ownership of the building, which contains 24 tenants. Still nearing the finish line with Tennant.
Vlahakis said: “You have to be very careful with your wording, because different words can have different meanings.”
Vlahakis said Pickwick general manager Kathryn Tobias will be responsible for running the film through April 1.
Tobias, 39, has been with Pickwick since he was 17. He was initially a candy and concession stand employee, but eventually became the general manager. She said she is excited to have the program running in theaters for the next few months.
“I hope people will come out and still support us,” Tobias said. A refuge. They are like a dream.”
Tobias said she plans to continue hosting the Park Ridge Classic Films series, hosted by Park Ridge Library employee Matthew Hoffman, while she is in charge of the theater.
She also has some pictures in mind while programming the theater. eighty for brady When Ant-Man 3. She also wants to do some films that are completely new to Pickwick.
“I’m looking into other movies that I haven’t been in before. I’ve never played a Scream movie or Creed,” she said.
As for what the new operator will bring to the building, which is a local landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Tobias said he hopes films will continue to show in the space, but will continue to do so in the next chapter. He said he was aware that could bring about change.
“I wish it was still a movie theater, but I don’t know what the future holds,” she said.
Vlahakis said he hopes the new tenant will take over the theater by April 1, but said that date is not a firm deadline.