04/23/2013 04:01 pm ET

Congress Theater Passes Inspection, Can Stay Open, Judge Rules

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CHICAGO — The beleaguered Congress Theater can stay open — and sell tickets — after it passed a Monday inspection, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Cook County Circuit Judge James McGing ruled that the theater can resume ticket sales as long as capacity is limited on the first floor of the theater to 3,000 and the balcony remains closed until proper lighting and a backup generator is installed.

McGing last week allowed the venue to remain open, but ruled that no more tickets could be sold until after inspections Monday.

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