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