Potential renovation of the former and new Alcyon Theater took a step closer to reality when Mayor Nancy Rotering told the Highland Park City Council Monday a consulting company had been hired by the private group hoping to renovate the downtown venue.
The Alcyon Foundation, a group of local residents who hope to renovate the Highland Park Theater into a multipurpose entertainment venue featuring live performances, movies, private events and more, has hired the Alford Group to do a feasibility study.
Half the money for the study has been raised by Alcyon and the group expects the rest by Friday, according to Rotering. The organization originally planned to spend $20,000 for the study. The study should be complete by the end of January.
A report and detailed discussion is expected when the City Council meets Jan. 27, according to Rotering.
The theater was opened in 1927 as a live playhouse known as the Alcyon and maintained that name for many years before it was renamed the Highland Park. The foundation plans to restore the name.