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Downtown Alton meeting to focus on overhaul of Grand Theatre, new venue

Alton Main Street’s quarterly information exchange, called “What’s Up Downtown,” will focus on the anticipated remodeling of the historic Grand Theatre, a new wedding and event venue and upcoming events.

altonmainstreetlogoThe meeting is set for tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway in Alton.

The public is invited to learn the latest news regarding developments in Alton’s historic downtown district.

The evening’s featured speakers will be:
– John Simmons, via video, sharing about renovation progress with the Grand Theatre and ideas for its future use. The property was recently acquired by a Simmons’ company, Giant City Properties. The theater on Market Street has largely sat idle for decades.
– Russ Smith, sharing about the transformation of Elijah P’s Burgers & Brews into The Lovejoy Wedding & Event Center
– Melissa Stewart, sharing about her new party planning business called Rated E Entertainment, located at 415 Ridge Street

Details will also be given for upcoming events and projects presented by Alton Main Street, such as:
– Taste of Downtown Alton on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Argosy Casino
– Tree Lighting on Fri, Nov 16th at Lincoln-Douglas Square
– Green Gift Bazaar on Sat, Nov 24th at the YWCA of Alton
– Small Business Saturday promotions

“What’s Up Downtown” is a casual open forum where the community will be brought up to date by Alton Main Street, business and property owners, City officials, the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau and other stakeholders. Attendees will also enjoy complimentary refreshments and the opportunity to network with other downtown enthusiasts.

If you would like to get involved with the many ways that Alton Main Street volunteers are working to promote the district and improve the quality of life in our community, please contact Executive Director, Sara McGibany, at 463-1016 or email For full details of the organization’s beautification projects, special events, networking activities, investment opportunities and more, please visit

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