(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
SMG has been retained by the city council of Waukegan, IL to run the Genesee Theatre, a former vaudeville and movie theater. The projected reopening is set for December 25, according to Brian Kabatznick, vice president of SMG. According to the Chicago Tribune, SMG has a three year contract and will be paid $10,000 a month through May 1 and $9,000 a month the following two years. An executive director hired by SMG will manage the theater.
Kabatznick told the paper that entertainment at the Genesee would be booked based on what the community wants. SMG has relationships with companies such as Clear Channel Entertainment, Jam Productions and House of Blues. The Genesee opening is behind schedule and over budget. Renovation of the theater began in 2001. — Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen
On the Web: http://www.geneseetheatre.org