Historic Morse Theatre Finds New Life

Theatre to reopen as music hall, restaurant

By Marcus Riley
|  Monday, Jan 4, 2010  |  Updated 11:00 AM CDT
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The Morse Theatre closed last winter.

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A Rogers Park cultural institution will be back on the scene sometime this spring.

The Morse Theatre (1328 W. Morse Ave.), which closed its doors last winter, is scheduled to reopen as a music hall called Mayne Stage and a restaurant called Act One Cafe, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Manager Denise McGowan told the Tribune that music will remain the primary focus at the theatre, but family programming and other types of shows will also be considered for the entertainment docket.

The Morse first opened in 1912 as a silent movie house, was shut down for a period of time and received more than $6 million in upgrades in 2008.

An exact date for the opening depends on pending licenses, the newspaper reported.

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