Response to Times reporter 09/24/2014

Derek,

I am not fund raising at this time.  The future of the Majestic is uncertain.

I appreciate the words of encouragement and support I have received from people in Streator and the area.  Many have reached out to me.  Many have prayed for me.  I am very grateful.  It has given me strength to try to make good decisions.   
 
As, for your reporting. Mr.Burke listed the Majestic property for sale.  He, by his agents boarded the building in the middle of the night. 
 
Tim Burke can spin it any way he wants.  Perhaps you should ask him to produce a copy of the appraisal.  Ask him to produce copies of what he has paid for.
 
This pains me greatly as this was a person I put trust in.  I am trying to make the best decisions I can given the circumstances.  I want to forgive Tim Burke as I do not believe he understands his actions and how he has hurt the community.
 
Praying for peace and love.

Katie Dumke Troccoli

Note: I find it interesting that the Times is so interested in the CLOSED Majestic.  When the Majestic was open and the Times was sent a press release about an upcoming event  I would have to beg them to publish the information. 


Majestic Appraisal from 2006

Someone has an inflated memory.  Funny how $229,000. turned into $400,000.

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It took us almost two year to raise the funds to convert the Majestic Theatre to digital projection.  We did a very public effort with every kind of event imaginable.  Once we achieved the goal, we were so happy because we could get movies again.  The sound, light, and picture is amazing!  

But our happiness was not to last.  When I informed my partner Tim Burke, about the gift his words cut me like a knife.  He said “I did not think you would last this long.  I have been waiting for you to quit so I could shutter the place.  I didn't  think you could raise the money”. 
 
It was about 24 hours from the time the news hit the press that my business partner and the owner of the building, Tim Burke, began screaming and yelling at me.  He told me to get out of the building and take those (bad word) digital projectors with me. 
 
I consulted my attorney.  I consulted the City of Streator officials.  Both told me not to leave the building. 
 
During the first week of August, my business partner Tim Burke came from Los Angeles to Streator.  His demands are high.  He wants me to give him $120,000. in cash and assume his current mortgage of $128,000. (which is not assumable per the bank).  I was told ”Katie, just get me the money and we can be friends”  Get him a $10,000. non refundable cash deposit and to close by the end of September”. 
 
While he was here he moved a lot of equipment out of the building.  He said a lot of nasty degrading things to me.
 
I am committed to saving the Majestic.   I am committed to the community of Streator IL having a movie theatre.
 
I have been working with a lender to secure financing.  These things take time.  They will not lend me more then the appraised value of the building.  I made Tim Burke through my attorney a very fair offer.  The way he responded was to list the building for sale (including the digital projectors that do not belong to him) with Century 21 out of Ottawa IL.  His price is $267,000.
 
There is evil and greed in this world.  I have seen it first hand.  The stress is about killing me.  Now you know the truth and my story about trying to save the Majestic theatre in Streator IL. 
 
Any help anyone can give me is truly appreciated.  Thoughts, prayers, legal advise, money.  I am not asking for a hand out.  I will work out terms with a person willing to help.
 
Thank you. Katie Troccoli


(Disclosure I am a licensed managing broker at Washington Square Realtors in Ottawa IL)
With Digital Projection
Thank you, Bob Endres for you most gracious gift of kindness and friendship!
 

You may never know how far reaching an act of kindness will be.

 
Tim Burke, a Streator native who moved to Los Angeles in 1979, purchased the Majestic from Kerasotes in 1997. His grandfather, Ted Burke, worked as a projectionist at the Majestic during the 1950’s, & 1960’s.  Burke ran his first movie in the Majestic at the age of 8 when his Grandfather became ill during a show.

Burke, who works for 20th Century Fox in Century City near Hollywood, CA, reopened the Majestic in November 1998, showing classic movies on both screens. However, slumping attendance led to the theatre closing just six weeks later. One of the conditions of the sale from Kerasotes to Burke was a protective covenant that prevented the Majestic from screening first-run movies for a period of ten years.
 
The Majestic reopened in May 2007 as a first-run movie theatre after getting new seats, new screens, an upgraded sound system, and new paint. The first two movies featured were ‘Air Guitar Nation’ and ‘Disturbia’. Seven years later, in 2014, the Majestic continues to roll along showing first-run films but now faces a new challenge: converting from film to digital.
 
The movie industry as a whole is winding down production of 35mm film prints of movies in favor of a digital media format. The cost of purchasing new digital projectors and sound systems is staggering; the early estimate to convert the Majestic’s two theatres to digital was $120,402.73. The original deadline imposed by the movie industry has been extended, but time is running out. The staff and friends of the Majestic theatre at the urging of Chuck & Amanda Vaughn continued their efforts to raise money to fund the digital conversion, and as of this writing (June 2014) have raised approximately $28,500.00.  “The public support for the Majestic has been amazing”, said “Katie Troccoli, theatre operator  “From private donations from individuals like Cinda Bond at Grant St Grocery, & Sara Bresser at the Silver Fox, to Clubs including The Knights of Columbus bingo ladies, The Friday Night Scribs Car Club to the Streator Fireman, and many, many, more to numerous to mention, we are forever grateful for your support” 
 
Now comes Robert Endres. “I was around nine years old when I first entered a projection booth. I had been given a 16mm hand-cranked projector by my uncle and, already a movie fan, I was fascinated by it. I attended a Saturday matinee at the Majestic Theatre in my home town of Streator, Illinois. I was seated in the balcony right in front of the projection booth, and stood on the arm rests of two of the theatre seats to peer through the projection port. Not seeing as much as I’d like, I went around to the booth door and was peeking through the keyhole when a manager caught me and ushered me into the booth. I was scared at being caught, but fascinated by the equipment. By the time I was twelve, I was being taught how to thread one of those machines by one of the projectionists”. (I was able to re-enact the experience a couple of years ago and was surprised to see how much lower the keyhole seemed than when I was nine).”
We believe that Projectionist was Ted Burke. Endres went on to be head projectionist at Radio City music hall in New York City for 25 years, then took a job as projectionist at Dolby Laboratories in New York City where he continues to work today.  In an effort to make sure the, theatre where he got his start, “The Majestic” does not go dark, he graciously gifted the balance of the cost as well as technical support for the installation of the new equipment.
On June 20, 2014 both screens at the Majestic Theatre became capable of running both 35mm film and digital projection.  It’s hard to comprehend that the acts of kindness by Ted Burke so many years ago who took the time to show a 9 year old kid (Endres) the projection booth, and who also taught his Grandson (Tim Burke) his craft would end up saving the Majestic theatre not once but twice for their love of the building that gave them their career’s at opposite sides of our nation.
On June 26th at 9:15 PM The Majestic Theatre will be screening Transformer’s Age of Extinction a film produced by Paramount Pictures who was the first studio to discontinue 35 mm film.
Please watch for upcoming events as there are still issues that need attention at the 107 year old Majestic building.   Now that digital projection has been installed we know we have a bright future in the community and want only the best for the theatre to serve the public.  We also want to pay it forward and help others.

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