05/09/2013 10:26 am ET

Portage Theater Granted Landmark Status

Portage Theater/Facebook

PORTAGE PARK — After months of speculation about its future, the historic Portage Theater was granted landmark status by the city Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, Ald. John Arena (45th) announced that the City Council passed the landmark designation.

"Thank you to everyone who supported this action to preserve a historic building that is a cornerstone of our community," Arena wrote. "May the light from the projection booth shine long and bright for generations to come."

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