The Lakeshore Theater Shutting Down

North Side comedy joint runs into financial problems

By Marcus Riley
|  Friday, Apr 2, 2010  |  Updated 2:15 PM CDT
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Nobody would have been surprised by an April 1 announcement that The Lakeshore Theater was closing down -- after all, it is a comedy joint.

But as it turns out, Thursday's announcement was no April Fool's Day joke. The North Side theater will permanently close its doors on April 10th.

The theater announced its demise Thursday via Facebook, Twitter and email, and Time Out Chicago confirmed that it was no joke.

Owner Chris Ritter says that revenues have been growing, but not enough to "fund ongoing operations and the plant improvements that would be required to continue and take the business to the next level of success."

Time Out reports that there's been signs of trouble at the theater for months, including structural problems with the building and free ticket giveaways for headlining shows.

Lakeshore's programming was curated by Ritter and Paul Provenza, the director of "The Aristocrats," and focused on stand-up artists, theater, improv, sketch and music.

It's not clear what will happen to the space at 3175 N. Broadway.

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