Loop Theater is a joint project of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Department of Planning and Development. The theater, located at 8 E. Randolph St., opened in December 1939 as the Telenews Theater, and was renamed Loop Theater in 1953.
Most recently, the space was the temporary home of the Noble Fool Theatre, before that company moved to its permanent home a block west. Prior to that, it had been converted into a women’s clothing store. The building that houses the theatre will be demolished in the summer of 2004 to make room for a condominium tower, but in the interim, the city has elected to present a 2003-2004 five play season in the space. SRTP was one of five companies selected to be part of the season.
Established in the spring of 2003, The Loop Theater is an innovative partnership between the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago Department of Planning and Development, and five of Chicago’s best off-Loop theater companies: Shattered Globe Theatre, LID Productions, Hermit Theatre, Silk Road Theatre Project, and Tireswing Theatre. The goal of the Loop Theater is to create a theatre complex in downtown Chicago by maximizing city resources and making interim use of an unused space; provide a venue and marketing support to theater companies for free; encourage the growth of new creative talent; expose downtown audiences to cutting edge performances of high artistic merit; keep ticket prices affordable; and provide day and evening rehearsal space to emerging theater companies at an inexpensive rate. As a unique and creative concept, the Loop Theater helps theatre companies collaborate and pool resources, enabling greater cooperation between small and mid-sized theater companies in the Chicago area. The Loop Theater aims to keep Chicago’s downtown theater district thriving and elevate theater to exciting new heights.
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