Hoopeston Street Party Raises Money for Theater Restoration

By Matt Metcalf | mmetcalf@wcia.com

Published 07/17 2014 05:05PM

Updated 07/22 2014 02:50PM

HOOPESTON -- A huge street party Saturday night will raise money to restore an iconic building in one local community.

The Lorraine Theater on Main Street in Hoopeston closed in 2012. Too few people attended movies on its single screen, an issue compounded by an expensive digital upgrade required by national movie distributors.

But in 2013, a buyer purchased the building, one of the oldest in Hoopeston, and turned it over to the Save the Lorraine Foundation, a group wanting to see the Lorraine reopened and restored. Since then, the group has shown movies at a sister theater down the street (the "Little Lorraine") and held other fundraising events. Volunteers work on the theater itself as well, replacing mortar between bricks, painting, cleaning, and repairing utilities. The end goal: see the theater reopened in its former glory, providing a foundation for the rehabilitation of all of downtown Hoopeston.

This Saturday, the group will hold its first "block party," the Save the Lorraine Street Party. From 12:00pm to 12:00am (noon to midnight), people will be able to enjoy food, games, children's activities, and live music. Admission is free, but donations are requested. (See the complete schedule at the bottom of this article)

"We decided to have this party to not only raise money, but to also give something back to the community for all their support," said Alex Houmes, Board Member of the Save the Lorraine Foundation.

Click the video to learn more about why the group feels the Lorraine is such an important part of the Hoopeston community.

Check out the Save the Lorraine Foundation's web site and Facebook pages:



From the Save the Lorraine Foundation:


We have three great food vendors coming with a wide selection for everyone. Concessions and Cupcakes will also be sold from the theatre's concession stand.  Vendors with menu highlight: 

Dogg Pound BBQ

Camo Chics

Rocking K. Chuck Wagon



Italian Beef


Bacon Wrapped Corn Dogs

Polish Sausage

Pulled Pork

Hand Dipped Tenderloins

Hot dogs


Funnel Cakes

Elephant Ears


Shake Ups, multiple flavors

Fried Fish

And Much More!

And Much More!

And Much More!


Kid activities

- Kid carnival with games and activities, 1:00 - 3:00

- Kiddy Tractor Pull, 3:00 - 4:00

- Ambulance service present to explore the ambulance and learn what it takes to be an EMT

- Fire Department present to explore Hoopeston's Ladder firetruck 

Shopping, 12:00 - 8:00

We have vendors selling a wide variety of unique items, as well as local businnes coming to show what they have to offer. A list of these vendors on the website. 

Silent Auction, 12:00 - 4:00 

The auction will be held in the theatre's foyer. All the items have been donated by the community and local businesses. All profits benefit the save the Lorraine Foundation. 

Bands, 5:00 - Midnight

We have a lineup of six great local bands, all donating their time to help the Lorraine. Their genre is mostly rock. Lineup: 

5 PM – Tongue & Groove (Rock & Roll)

6 PM – Dirt (90’s Rock)

7 PM - Rikki Rokstarr (Hard Rock)

8 PM – Eclipse (Hard Rock)

9 PM - New Day Burning (Indie Rock)

10 PM - Klematis Project (Dubstep/DJ/Remix)

11 PM – AiraCobra (Heavy Metal)


Alcohol, 8:00-11:45

Starting at 8, you can come and enjoy and alcoholic beverage while listing to the bands. 

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