Renowned music producer Quincy Jones, along with entertainers Jennifer Hudson and Chance the Rapper, have officially become co-owners of the historic Ramova Theatre on Chicago’s South Side, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday.
The Ramova Theatre, dormant for nearly four decades, was acquired by developer and co-owner Tyler Nevius in 2017 for a symbolic $1, along with an adjacent lot from the city.
All three co-owners, Jones, Hudson, and Chance the Rapper (Chancelor Bennett), hail from Chicago, emphasizing their commitment to their hometown.
Jennifer Hudson expressed a personal connection, stating, “My mother always taught us to take care of home first, so to support the rehabilitation of this extraordinary theater with such a rich history in Chicago means more to me than one could imagine.”
Chance the Rapper echoed this sentiment, emphasizing his desire to give back to the city that has given him so much. “I joined the team at Ramova to give back to the city that’s given me so much and to provide a stage to showcase the incredible talent Chicago has to offer.”
Originally opened in 1929 as a single-screen movie palace, the Ramova Theatre ceased operations in 1985 but was fortunately spared from demolition. In 2021, it earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places. The revitalized theater, set to feature a 1,500-seat live music venue, beer garden, and grill, is a collaborative effort with New York-based Other Half Brewing.
Expressing his vision for the future of Ramova, Jones said, “With Ramova, I see a future where the rich cultural heritage of Chicago shines even brighter alongside the country’s most talented artists, which will inspire future generations to come and bring glory to America’s Second City.” As of now, no official opening date for the renovated theater has been announced.