Chicago Theatres To get Regulatory Break

The City of Chicago is creating a new ordinance to ease licensing on theatres. “The new rules will cut much of the red tape associated with current applications for Public Place of Amusement licenses, whose guidelines would continue to govern larger theaters. “This will make it a lot less cumbersome for theaters to go through the licensing process. It is just much more sensible and user-friendly to look at small spaces in a different way from movie theaters, bowling alleys and nightclubs.” In November 2003, inspectors from the city’s Revenue Department abruptly closed down a number of off-Loop theaters and cited them for an array of previously unknown violations.