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Arcada Theatre, Club Arcada cleared to reopen

Friday's Last In Line show featuring former members of DIO, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard and Rainbow will go on as scheduled

A day after being closed for code violations, city officials have cleared the Arcada Theatre to reopen.
Friday's Last In Line show featuring former members of DIO, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard and Rainbow will go on as scheduled. City officials on Thursday had ordered Arcada Theatre and its accompanying operation, Club Arcada, be closed until code violations are corrected.
A day after being closed for code violations, city officials have cleared the Arcada Theatre to reopen. Friday's Last In Line show featuring former members of DIO, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard and Rainbow will go on as scheduled. City officials on Thursday had ordered Arcada Theatre and its accompanying operation, Club Arcada, be closed until code violations are corrected.

ST. CHARLES – A day after being closed for code violations, city officials have cleared the Arcada Theatre to reopen.

Friday's Last In Line show featuring former members of DIO, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard and Rainbow will go on as scheduled. City officials on Thursday had ordered Arcada Theatre and its accompanying operation, Club Arcada, be closed until code violations were corrected.

According to a post on the city's website, the Arcada Theatre has been given a temporary three-day occupancy and Club Arcada has been granted a temporary occupancy.

"Onesti Entertainment had crews working through the night to address fire and building code violations," the post stated. "St. Charles Fire Department and building and code enforcement officials have been working with Onesti Entertainment and inspected both the Arcada Theatre and Club Arcada, resulting in the temporary occupancy. Crews will continue working Monday to address any remaining violation concerns."

Ron Onesti, president and founder of Onesti Entertainment Corporation, which operates the two venues, said the work will continue.

"It's a continual thing," he said. "We're doing a bunch of other housekeeping things as well. We want to achieve perfection."

In order to reopen, Onesti said they had to do such things as reducing access to electrical areas.

"And there were a few other housekeeping things, like some extension cords here and exposed bulbs there, that kind of thing," Onesti said.

He said other issues will be addressed in the future.

"It's a group effort here," Onesti said. "We're working in cooperation with the government of St. Charles and we're just looking at all things. This is a 93-year-old building. Nothing happened. This is all preventative."

The Arcada Theatre first opened its doors in 1926. Onesti said he is happy with the support he has been receiving from the community the past two days.

"We're the talk of social media," he said. "But it's nice to know that so many people are sending out so much love and support. And we're going to do whatever we can. We're definitely not going to let them down."

The order did not include the three other businesses operating within the building. Complaints from patrons about overcrowding, accessibility of building exits and the ability to hear the fire alarm during a performance at the Arcada Theatre were made to the St. Charles Fire Department beginning in November 2018, according to a news release from the city of St. Charles. The St. Charles Fire Department followed up on those complaints, found them to be valid and issued notices to correct the conditions.

Because of the extent and nature of additional deficiencies revealed during complaint follow-up inspections, the fire department scheduled a complete code and safety inspection to take place during the building’s regularly scheduled annual review in March, the release stated. The department engaged an independent, third-party fire protection consultant to participate in the detailed review.

This in depth inspection was performed March 12 by Elgin-based B&F Construction Code Services, Inc., along with St. Charles Fire Department officials and city building and code enforcement staff. The results of that detailed inspection necessitated the closure of the Arcada Theatre and Club Arcada, according to the release.

Thursday's show featuring the band Jackyl was postponed after the Arcada Theatre was ordered to close. A new date for the show is expected next week and customers can also ask for a refund, Onesti said.

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