06/06/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Lakeshore Theater Closing: 'It's A Very Difficult Time, Emotionally, For Everybody'

April Fools' Day went out on a somber note last week when Chris Ritter announced his venue, the Lakeshore Theater, would be closing its doors this weekend with Australian comedian Jim Jefferies being the comedy club's final act before the curtains go down indefinitely. The theater had been a staple for the local comedy scene, a venue that was able to draw the Mr. Show reunion performance last summer in addition to more scathing performances, like the recent ranting one from Jamie Kilstein. While anyone in town with even a passing interest in comedy or stand-up knows about the Lakeshore, the theater was awfully barebones in its farewell announcement. To get a better understanding of why the theater is closing after seven years of operation, The A.V. Club called owner Chris Ritter.

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