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Wheaton Grand Theater: Deal "Progressing," No Signed Contracts

Downtown property owner expects to know more about deal to purchase the Wheaton Grand Theater by the end of October.

A downtown Wheaton property owner is "still progressing" with plans to buy the Wheaton Grand Theater.

Jim Atten, owner of Atten Real Estate, said Monday he should know more about the deal by the end of the month.

David Brumfield, one of two Century 21 listing agents of the bank-owned property said he is currently waiting on contracts for the theater, after some revisions in the past couple of weeks.

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Atten and the theater's seller, Suburban Bank & Trust of Elmhurst earlier this month reached an "agreement of principle" for a deal, said Wheaton Mayor Mike Gresk, who attended the Oct. 5 meeting.

The Wheaton Grand Theater, 119-127 N. Hale St., went on the market last spring, listed by Century 21 for $599,000.

Rick Erickson, owner of Bold Steps, Inc. in Wheaton and leader of public talks on the future of the 1925 theater, said more than 35 people met at Ivy last Friday to discuss the property. He said Atten toasted "step one"—getting a local person to own the property. He said the next step is to come up with a vision for the property.

Atten has gone through a long process of getting the "stars to align," Erickson said earlier this month, after the bank turned down Atten's previous offer on the theater.

What do you think should open in the Wheaton Grand Theater building? Tell us your ideas in the comments.

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Tom Ryan October 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM
One novel idea would be, I don't know, maybe a movie theater?
Nancy Chovancek October 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM
As people have been putting in with a resounding YES for an entertainment venue, I think they should listen to the locals! This venue can be like the Cascada in St. Charles, drawing live music, comedians, and other live entertainment. It will also bring additional revenue to the restaurants in the area and also force the businesses downtown to stay open later than 5:30 p.m. at night!!!!
Wheaton Watcher October 24, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I think the property would make a very good sylist salon, bank, or used furniture store. These are of course the backbone of the downtown business community.
Leah October 24, 2012 at 03:01 AM
I agree with a resounding YES to making it an entertainment venue! I have thought so for years ever since my daughter saw Fall Out Boy perform there before they became famous. How fortunate we are to have a classic "old fashioned" theater in the heart of Wheaton. I think it would be a terrific draw and a benefit to the surrounding businesses. I would even volunteer to help in the restoration.
joanne johnson October 31, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Theatre!! Would be wonderful for Wheaton. I love the York Theatre in Elmhurst, and it drives business to the downtown. Glen Ellyn is doing well too. Whatever, this is very exciting for Wheaton.

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