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What Should Open in the Wheaton Grand Theater Building?

In a new weekly series, Patch asks readers how they would fill empty storefronts around Wheaton.

The iconic landmark of downtown Wheaton, the Wheaton Grand Theater, has been , but it has been empty for years.

The 12,000-square-foot former theater, 119-127 N. Hale is listed through Century 21 for $599,000.

In our new weekly series, "Visions for Vacancies," we're asking Wheaton residents what businesses they would like to see fill the vacant storefronts around town.

Last week, we asked you what should open in the old JB Winterberry space on Main Street.

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Whether it's a new indoor market, department store or something completely new, we want to hear what businesses you'd most like to see take over the Wheaton Grand Theater building in downtown Wheaton.

Patch asked Facebook fans what they think should open in the space. Below is what fans had to say:

  • Chris said: "I'd love to see it as a beautiful single screen theatre...but it did extremely well hosting local concerts and national bands.
  • Bill said: "I agree with Chris. If it was economically feasible, a "Music Box West" concept where intelligent foreign and independent films provide film buffs relief from the dull, big budget blockbuster films perpetually playing at the corporate multiplex theaters. Sadly though, that business plan is most likely a money pit."
  • Mayura said: "I was also thinking a single screen that could also act as a community theater. Keep the original intent of the space!"

Share your ideas in the comments.

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Nancy Chovancek August 28, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I totally agree! It would be similar to the Arcada in St. Charles. On concert nights in that area, it's PACkED with people and could really help boost other small businesses in the area.
Linda phillabaum September 12, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I too, thought of a dance place. Lessons by day, music and dancing by night. I love Ms. Haegers suggestion! Sounds like a perfect fit. We need a place to hear good music and be able to dance and gather with friends, (adults, not teens)
Joe Fruzyna September 19, 2012 at 05:41 PM
It should become a MOVIE THEATRE!...how 'bout that!...I'd be really nice as a local resident to take the kids to a nice little theatre with a home town feel like the LAKE THEATRE in Oak Park, or even the Ogden or Glen Ellyn theatres. Someone with $$$ or connections PLEASE pull the trigger on this!
Skippy September 26, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I agree with the theater option (movies). Or just a big hole in the ground that will swallow that turd up and fill itself back in.
Suburban Music October 24, 2012 at 01:35 PM
We want a proper stage for recitals and concerts in town! We had to bring people to Bloomingdale because some pub there had the nearest stage for our Summer Rock Camp concert. We had standing-room only, and food & drinks were flowing all night! I would have loved to have kept that money in Wheaton!

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