The Will Rogers Theatre
705 - 715 Monroe Ave., Charleston, IL
Endangered Theater Purchased
The Will Rogers Theatre, included on Landmarks Illinois’ 2011 “Ten Most Endangered Historic Places” list, was purchased in November, 2011 by preservation-minded owners who plan to fully restore the building to its former grandeur. The purchasers, Katie and James Troccoli of Ottawa, Illinois and Tim Burke of Los Angeles, California (an Ottawa native), also own the historic Majestic Theater in Streator, Illinois www.MajesticShows.com . They report that cleaning out the building has begun and hope to start renovation in spring, 2012.
The new owners learned about the building from the publicity generated by its inclusion on Landmarks Illinois’ “Ten Most” list. Charleston Preservation Commission Chair Kit Morice said the listing not only created statewide awareness for one of their city’s most historic buildings, but also helped local officials recognize its architectural importance. The Charleston City Council voted in May to give landmark protection to the 73-year-old Art Deco theater, which had closed in 2010, sending a strong message that the city supported its preservation.
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A fund has been set up to help the Will Rogers Theatre restoration move forward.
Please visit GoFundMe to help.
We have reviewed your request for a service upgrade or 2nd point of electric service to 705 Monroe in Charleston.
Option 1 – Upgrade your existing 400 amp 120/240 volt 3 phase service to a 600 amp 120/240 volt 3 phase service. There would be no charge from Ameren Illinois to upgrade your existing service at the same location. We would utilize the existing transformer bank and upgrade the overhead service to your building. You need to determine if this is an option that would work for you based on your load requirements for the theater and storefronts combined.
Option 2 – Install a 2nd point of service to the south end of the east side of the store front area. This would be an 800 amp 120/240 volt single phase service to provide service to the storefronts only. The existing 400 amp 120/240 volt 3 phase service would remain. Signage would be required to indicate 2 points of service to the building. The charge for the 2nd point of service from Ameren Illinois is $5,093.45. This quote is firm if accepted by July 14, 2014 and if payment has been received and you are ready for the service by October 12, 2014.
Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to meet to discuss the service options.
Sr. Distribution Design Specialist - Division IV
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Restoration of the Will Rogers Theatre - Charleston, IL is costly.
Donations to further the project are welcome.
We sincerely appreciate the support of the community and thank you for your interest in the
Will Rogers Theatre.