Arcada Theatre expected to be awarded grant for improvements
The Arcada Theatre is about to get TV ready.
Owner Ron Onesti this week said technical improvements, such as lighting and rigging, are planned for the 85-year-old facility. These enhancements will enable the company HD Ready to film performances there that later will be aired on TV, he said.
“We’re looking to expand the scope of the theater and foster the legacy,” Onesti said.
The City of St. Charles is poised to help. A city council committee this week unanimously endorsed a plan to award the theater with a $65,000 grant to pay for the improvements.
The money would be reallocated from the city’s general fund reserves, according to city documents.
“I think that it’s a great way to upgrade the theater,” 4th Ward alderman Jo Krieger said.
The city is expected to be reimbursed through ticket sales for the Spotlight Concert Series. Krieger said that fact was important for her to vote yes.
“I would not have just given him the money,” she said.