WESTMONT – After getting the green light from the Westmont Village Board in January, developers Keith Erickson and Eldon Olmstead said they have made progress on their proposed downtown theater, but both admitted frustration.
“I think things have progressed nicely,” Olmstead said. “Anything good takes time. If it was easy, it would’ve already been done.”
Delays trying to sound-proof the building, 11 W. Quincy St., have pushed back construction, said the developers, both Westmont residents.
“We want to be good neighbors,” Erickson said. “And based on the way that the approval was done by the village, we have certain levels that we need to meet.
“We’d love to make it happen right now. But if we had to put a date on it, we’re be looking at around Halloween to open.”
Construction is estimated to take about two to three months, he said.
The project now has a new name, too: Westmont Station.
“We’ve decided to change the name (from Westmont Theater) because we’re right across from the Westmont train station, and it also tells what the location is,” Olmstead said. “‘Westmont Station, your destination for entertainment.’”
The theater is planned to be all-ages venue with a variety of entertainment, including comedians and bands. Local entertainment groups will be a priority, Olmstead said.
“There are a lot of really good musicians that just don’t have a venue to play at,” Olmstead said. “And it would be kind of fun to give folks a shot.”
The two say they haven’t lost faith in their idea.
“Based on where we are in the western suburbs, if you want to go see live music or comedians, you’re heading to the city,” Erickson said. “We don’t want to make things crazy expensive for people. We want to give people an opportunity to come again and again without it costing an arm and a leg.”
Westmont Station is Erickson’s and Olmstead’s second proposed theater in downtown Westmont. Last fall, they tried to re-open the old Westmont Theatre building at 25 S. Cass Ave. but fell short in fundraising efforts.