Arcada Theatre set to reopen in mid-July

After being closed for more than a year because of the pandemic, the Arcada Theatre has announced that it plans to reopen in mid-July.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines will be in place when the 900-seat theatre in downtown St. Charles reopens, according to the announcement. The Arcada Theatre’s sister operation, the Club Arcada, has already announced it plans to reopen its doors on May 7.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently said the state continues to make progress in getting the virus under control and could soon enter the state’s bridge phase, which would be place prior to a full reopening of the state as part of phase 5. The Arcada Theatre has been rescheduling shows that had been postponed because of the theatre being closed.

Herman’s Hermits frontman Peter Noone, Andrew Dice Clay and Queensrÿche are among the acts set to play at the Arcada Theatre in July. Two new restaurants – Rock ‘N Za and Rock ‘N Ravioli – are also set to open in the Arcada Theatre building as part of a major renovation project that includes new eateries, hotel suites and additional bathrooms.

The expansion project began to take shape last year after Frontier Development purchased the Arcada building in 2019. Onesti Entertainment leases space in the building for the Arcada Theatre and Club Arcada.

The historic building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, first opened its doors in 1926 and attracted performers such as George Burns and Gracie Allen.

To celebrate National Meatball Day in March, Ron Onesti, president and founder of Onesti Entertainment, gave away 1,000 of his Ron’s Famous Meatballs. In a sign that people were anxious to get a hold of them, cars were lined up all around the block near the Arcada Theatre.

“The best part of this whole thing has been the comments and the smiles that people have given,” he said following the event. “They genuinely want to come back. They genuinely miss us and the music. Seeing all these people, it’s like seeing family and friends again after a year.”

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf covers St. Charles and writes entertainment stories for the Kane County Chronicle.