FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Citing the lack of new movies and the extra costs of keeping the theatre open the famous Lindo Theatre in Freeport, Illinois has announced they will re-close their doors on July 9.
After re-opening on June 26 as part of the Restore Illinois plan, allowing most businesses to open at 50% capacity, the theatre said they took pride in implementing the health and safety protocols, but said unfortunately the current factors have made their business model unsustainable.
“After much deliberation and with a heavy heart, Classic Cinemas has decided to temporarily re-close our locations after the end of business on Thursday, July 9th”, they announced in a release on Tuesday. “Thank you to everyone for being a part of the Classic Cinemas family — whether you patronized our theatres over the past few weeks, sent a kind note, or just thought about us.”
Taken from the names Lincoln and Douglas to commemorate their second debate, which had been held in Freeport, the theatre opened on April 17, 1922 with seating for 1,200 people on one level, with no balcony, a stage for vaudeville performances with dressing rooms below the stage, and was equipped with a Bennett pipe organ.
The theatre was closed in May 1934, but was re-opened in February 1938. In 1939 it had a new owner and was re-named Freeport Theatre and continued until closing in 1984.
At that time the cinema was purchased by Classic Cinemas and the name reverted back to Lindo Theatre.
“We are in this for the long term”, the Lindo said. “While we won’t be relaunching Classic Cinemas To-Go, we hope you will consider supporting us by purchasing gift cards for future movie fun at classiccinemas.com”
The Lindo said they look forward to welcoming everyone back to the movies just as soon as the outlook improves and new movies are released.