Tonight, the Portage Theater announced their doors shall be closed until further notice. Saturday's Universal Monster marathon is cancelled, so please make a note of that if you saw my previous post.
Per the Portage Theater's Facebook page, “Due to circumstances beyond our control, The Portage Theater is closed until further notice. The May 25th Monster Film Festival event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available.”
Owner Eddie Carranza is shutting its doors due to a dispute over a liquor license, which relates to his tumultuous history with the Congress Theater, where his liquor license was revoked by city officials on Friday. Learn more details about this story HERE.
This is terribly sad news for the film-loving community, as it affects so many people. The Portage is the home for the classic screenings presented by The Northwest Chicago Film Society. It's a place that always accepted indie film festivals with open arms. It's a home to the hearts of many people who have fought hard to keep the doors open. However, this certainly isn't the end. It's a temporary problem. We will wait for the doors to open with widespread arms once again.