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Work continues at Arcada Theatre, Club Arcada

Code violations being addressed

ST. CHARLES – The Arcada Theatre and its accompanying operation, Club Arcada, will stay open as fire and building code violations at the venue continue to be addressed.

"Progress continues at the Arcada and we are doing weekly follow-up inspections," St. Charles Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said in an email on April 3. "The major work right now involves the electric service for the building. The city is currently doing work right behind the theater to make a service upgrade possible for the facility."

City officials on March 21 had ordered Arcada Theatre and Club Arcada be closed until code violations were corrected. A day later, officials cleared the Arcada Theatre to reopen.

"As long as things continue to move forward as they have been, we can put temporary procedures in place to keep both the club and the theater open," Schelstreet said.

He didn't have a firm date as to when the work would be completed.

Onesti Entertainment Corporation leases space in the building at 105 E. Main St. in downtown St. Charles for the Arcada Theatre and Club Arcada. The building is owned by Scott Price, who lives in the state of Washington, Schelstreet said.

Schelstreet said that Ron Onesti, president and founder of Onesti Entertainment Corporation, "has taken the situation very seriously and has committed significant resources to the effort."

"It's a group effort here," Onesti had 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. 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.

Schelstreet said the exiting issues are being addressed and that "Mr. Onesti has provided the exiting study as part of this effort."

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