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Open house part of the plan to restore Peoria’s Madison Theater

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PEORIA (HOI) - A new group hopes to revitalize two key sections along and near Peoria's Main Street.

Empty since 2003, the Madison opened in 1920 at 107 NE Madison Avenue and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

But those roaring years have been replaced by quiet, with a big fire in 2016.

Now, a newly created non-profit wants to raise funds - at least $10 million dollars - to fix it up, as well as re-brand the former Rumberger's Bar next to it.

One of the organizers says the goal is offering another entertainment choice.

"With the Pere Marquette right here across the street as well, where we have almost 300 rooms. We have over 300 rooms on the other side of the street in the 4 Points Sheraton. There are a lot of hotel rooms available and they need to be filled. Peoria Civic Center can't so it by itself," said Eric Heard, chairman of the Madison Preservation Association.

Heard says a for-profit group is planning to keep the restaurant, and donate the theater to his group.

They've got seven open house events at the theater planned in August and September.

They're 45 minute sessions to be held:

Thursday Aug. 19 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Tuesday Aug. 24 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Thursday Aug. 26 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Tyler Lopez

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