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Had a wonderful visit with Robert Endres on Aug 10, 2015.
Thank you Robert for your continued support!
Katie Troccoli's Theatre Story
After he bought the Majestic he would come to the theatre from California where he lived to work on the place. He would invite my family, and I to come to the theatre. We helped him with many projects, what ever work needed to be done.
When Mr. Burke bought the theatre there was a 10 year protective covenant that he could not play any first run film. When the covenant was up, the Majestic opened in 2007 managed by Kyle and Cindy Mitchell. According to Mr. Burke, they where not paying rent and he needed to make a change. In early 2009 Tim Burke asked me to help him run the theatre. He had a manager, Shelly and Paul Bottomly. I agreed to collect the money and make sure the bills got paid. About 6 weeks into the business, Tim called me at my real estate office about noon, and said, he had fired the manager. He told me that he needed my husband Jim and I to run the theatre tonight or it will go dark and never open again. We would be met at the door by projectionist Bill Sramek. That was June 12, 2009. I was there almost every night there after. I learned how to run the theatre as I went along. My husband Jim, and I ran the theatre for about 5 years, 7 days a week. The only day we closed was Christmas Eve. In those 5 years I took one pay check for $300. I paid all the bills including the mortgage and insurance. In hind sight, I don’t think any of the people involved before me deserved the things that Tim said about them.
In 2011 Tim Burke suggested we buy another theatre. Together we purchased a theatre in Charleston, IL known as the Will Rogers. My partner did not hold up his end of the agreement. I was left to make all the mortgage, insurance, and property tax payments with no help from him for restoration of the closed venue. He threw a tantrum, the first Thanksgiving after we bought the Will Rogers. My husband and I invested $20,000. down payment. We took out a $15,000. loan to upgrade the electrical system to get the project moving forward. I'm still paying the architects bill of $6,000. We paid all the carrying costs.
In 2012 - 2013 Hollywood began converting from 35mm film to digital projection. The Majestic was running 35 mm film. As time went on it became more difficult to get film to put on the screen. The Majestic theatre began to struggle under the weight of carrying the un-open Will Rogers and paying it’s own overhead expenses. Not being able to get product to put on the screen was killing the Majestic.
A group of Streator citizens (Amanda Christoff, Chuck Vaughn, Haily and Holly Burasch, Cinda Bond, Dave Miller to name a few) approached me about trying to raise the funds to convert the theatre to digital projection. For the next year we held 50/50 contests, bake sales, cook outs, and car shows. We sold buttons, and t – shirts. We wrote letters to anyone we thought might help. Any free moment was spent with a goal to raise the estimated $121,000. dollars needed to convert the Majestic from film to digital projection. We raised about $16,000.
An angel sent me an e mail. Bob Endres had began his career at the Majestic. He had gone on to work at Radio City Music Hall and now works for Dolby in New York. Mr. Endres donated the rest of what we needed to get digital projection. He sent two of the countries best technicians to install the equipment. Dave Birdie and Paul Sacco donated their over time to the effort. The cost was much higher then our original estimate to convert the theatre from film to digital projection.
Our business partner, Tim Burke, who owned the Majestic building, whom I thought would be happy, freaked out. He said he had thought we would not be successful and planned to close the Majestic. He made crazy demands from me to buy the building. He wanted $100,000. in cash and assume his $128,000. mortgage. (That was not assumable) I offered him $10,000. over the appraised value. And he could take anything he had stored in the building not essential to running the business. He refused. On Monday Aug. 25th 2014, after a show, he went gangster. He sent men to board up the front of the theatre in the middle of the night locking me out. I got Facebook messages from very upset public who saw it happening. Not a good night for me.
My attorney told me it was a civil matter. Go to the building and secure the assets of the corporation. I was the legal tenant as I had not been given notice to vacate. My main goal was to secure the digital projectors. I knew their value and was sure he would sell them and pocket the money. On the morning of Thursday Aug. 28, 2014 my crew of friends and employees entered the building and did just that.
The building owner, my business partner, never made another mortgage payment. He circulated rumors that I had pocked all the money and he had been paying all the bills. I had heard the story before, about Kyle and Cindy Mitchell. It was not the truth for me, and I suspect not for them either.
I continued to make payments on the Will Rogers Theatre in Charleston, IL because my husband and my name is on title. But, because Tim Burke never made another payment on the Majestic, the First Farmers Bank is taking the Will Rogers Theatre too. The Bank told me they have never before given loan approval to some one they are foreclosing on. It is uncharted waters. Jim and I have loan commitment to purchase both theatres if an agreement could be reached. Tim Burke never responded to anyone who reached out to him. It is hard to understand why a person would throw himself under the bus. His actions not only hurt himself, but all the employees, people, and communities where these two theatres are located. A very sad way to live one’s life, when he could have been a hero.
On Aug. 12th the Majestic Theatre goes to Sheriff Sale. The terms of the sale are 10% down in cash and paid in full in cash within 24 hours. On Tuesday Aug 4, I will be meeting with Hoyt Alexander of First Farmers Bank to show the building to prospective buyers for the sheriff sale. The only way I will be able to buy either property is if the bank wins the bid at the sheriff sale.
There are many people who have interest in the Majestic. I think most think the Majestic is turn key. They are going to be shocked when they see the condition. The building owner or his friends have stripped the building. The movie screens are gone. The sound equipment is gone. The baseboard heaters in the halls and bathrooms are gone. The heaters in the lobby are gone. The water heaters are gone. The mirrors are gone. The poster cases are gone. Some of the theatre seats are gone. They were scrapping the cast iron radiators for cash. The roof is leaking, electric wires are hanging loose, and everything is covered by mold.
My husband and I ran the theatre for 5 years. I tried to contribute to the community the best I could. If someone else buys the building I fear it won’t be long before they walk away. If I turn the donated digital projectors over to a new person, what is to stop them from selling them to recoup their business loss. It is not easy to operate a two screen old movie theatre in Streator, Illinois with a depressed economy.
The Majestic holds a special place in my heart. She is a grand old Art Deco Theatre built for Vaudeville. If these walls could talk, what acts they must have seen. The Majestic is an anchor in the down town that attracts people who eat in restaurants, and buy gas. The fall out for the cities of Streator and Charleston to be deprived of open theatres is devastating. I feel I have let these communities down, even though the circumstances were far beyond my control.
I would like nothing more then to secure both the Majestic and Will Rogers Theatres and proceed with the commitment that I have made to both Streator and Charleston, Illinois to re open their movie palaces. Even if I secure both properties the task of getting them back in shape to open will be daunting. People tell me I am crazy to care. My heart is heavy with grief. I have to do what ever I can to save both the Majestic and Will Rogers theatre palaces.
Majestic Listed For Sale
Majestic Boarded Closed
Equipment Digital Projectors Missing From Majestic
Letters Detail Majestic Financial Issues
Majestic Owner Says Issues are Financial
Vaughn - Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Rally brings on the lights at Majestic
Financial Documents Posted
Will The Majestic Re Open?
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.
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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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Art Deco Theatre features 530 seats and a full balcony!
119 N Vermillion St. Streator, IL 61364
Phone (815) 673-1199
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Adults $7.00, Children(12 and under) & Seniors (65 and older) $6.00
Adults $6.00 Children (12 and under) & Seniors (65 and older) $5.00
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"The Majestic Theater Song" Written by Ray Tutaj Jr.