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Kendall 10 Gets Approval for Expansion, Renovation Plans

Dec 01, 2015 08:45PM ● By Steven Jack


The renovation and expansion at the Oswego's Kendall 10 movie theaters along with plans for alcohol sales appear to be moving forward. 

Village Board Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night for the interior and exterior renovation plans along with the addition of a 9,000-square-foot large screen format theater. However, one trustee voted against a separate request that created a village liquor license classification especially for movie theaters. While the theater's owners, Goodrich Quality Theaters, have yet to be approved for the new license classification, that vote will come at a later date after background checks are conducted. 

Trustee Joe West expressed concerns that underage movie patrons could be passed drinks in darkened theaters by those over the age of 21. 

"I don't think this is a good idea, ... I just know that if I were a 21-year-old with an 18-year-old girlfriend, I'd be giving her a drink," West said.

Heath Thomas, regional manager for Goodrich, sought to assure trustees that theater employees would employ a variety of techniques to prevent underage drinking, including the use of arm bands for those consuming alcohol and increased employee patrols in theaters. 

Trustee Pam Parr questioned if the theaters would offer an extended food menu to accompany alcohol sales. Thomas responded that unlike Hollywood Palms on Route 59 in Naperville, renovation plans don't call for a kitchen. However, there will be more food options, including what he called "fair food" like pizza and chicken strips.

As for alcohol sales, Thomas said the bar will be located adjacent to the manager's station. Four types of draft and a variety of bottled beer will be served along with a selection of wine and margaritas. All alcohol will be poured into plastic cups, Thomas said. 

Parr also asked about plans for seating in the renovated theaters and the new 9,000-square-foot large screen auditorium. Seats in the back will be replaced with more plush-style seating and seats in front will be replaced with reclining chairs that extend back further for more comfortable viewing closer to the screen, Thomas said. 

Village President Gail Johnson thanked Thomas for reinvesting in Oswego as did trustee Karin McCarthy-Lange.

"You guys have always given back so much to the community," McCarthy-Lange said.

After the expansion and renovation begins, the project should be complete in about 8 months Thomas said.