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State Street Theater gets upgrades; Fizz Ehrler car show contributes

 

Sycamore’s downtown movie theater is getting help from the City of Sycamore, with a new license…and an old grant.

The State Street Theater will soon begin serving alcohol during its features, thanks to the City Council’s approval of a new liquor license classification; it will be similar to what other theaters in northern Illinois are offering to their adult patrons.

And the City Council also voted to close out a downtown façade improvement grant originally awarded to owners Kenley and Daryl Hopper in 2015, to replace the windows. After getting Council approval two years ago, the vendor then refused to honor the original price quote; a new vendor was found, and the installation was completed at a lower cost.

Mayor Curt Lang says this work will help support one of downtown Sycamore’s key businesses, and allow them to expand what they have to offer.

The Council also approved a new liquor license designation for video gaming cafes; the class VG liquor license will free up the Class B licenses they currently operate under, for use by other bars.

And members of the organizing committee for the Fizz Ehrler memorial car show in downtown Sycamore came before the Council, with checks in hand; the organization will be donating over $14,000 in proceeds from the show to various local charities.

Recipients of the Turning Back Time Car Show proceeds for this year include:

$2,000 -- Kishwaukee Cancer Center, Sycamore Food Pantry

$1,500 -- Fizz Ehrler Scholarship Fund, Salvation Army, Sycamore School District

$1,000 -- Sycamore Rotary Operation Warm, Sycamore Park District, County Animal Shelter Deployment Boarding Services

$500 -- Kishwaukee Area Radio Club, EAA Young Eagles, KEC Aviation Program, Sycamore Schools OSCAR Program, Veterans Transportation Service

P.J. Harrigan

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