These Chicago Icons Set to Reopen the Ramona Theater This Fall

Chicago luminaries Quincy Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Chance the Rapper have joined forces to reopen the historic Ramova Theater in Bridgeport, which was dormant for nearly four decades.

Under the trio’s ownership, the Ramova is set to reopen in Fall 2023 as a completely reimagined space replete with a 1,500-capacity concert hall, grill, beer garden and brewery.

“I believe the cultural divides in our communities will always be bridged and uplifted by music and the arts,” Jones told Variety. “With Ramova, I see a future where the rich cultural heritage of Chicago shines even brighter alongside the country’s most talented artists, which will inspire future generations to come and bring glory to America’s Second City.”

The Ramova Theatre opened its doors as Bridgeport’s premier movie palace back in 1929. 

With an iconic sign, the Ramova grew to become a neighborhood destination as a place for people and communities to come together. 

Nearly a century since its opening, the theater will once again grace Halsted and 35th Street, attracting top acts, educational programs, workshops and community outreach programs.

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