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Yorkville OKs preliminary plat for 10-screen theater

Andrew Diederich Yorkville worked Countryside Theater until it closed 2004. He said he hopes work 10-screen 1900-semovie theater being built

Andrew Diederich of Yorkville worked at Countryside Theater until it closed in 2004. He said he hopes to work at the 10-screen, 1,900-seat movie theater being built at the same location. | Steven Buyansky~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 15, 2013 6:07AM



YORKVILLE – In movie parlance, there could be a little Back to the Future in the offing for Andrew Diederich.

The Yorkville High School alum spent four years of his life as an employee of the old movie theater at the former Countryside Shopping Center. In fact, he was working there Labor Day weekend 2004 for the theater’s closing days.

Now, he hopes to work in the same location, this time in the 10-screen, 1,900-seat movie complex that is rising in almost the same spot where Countryside Theater once stood. A Michigan company is building the facility.

Diederich said the movie theater would be the perfect “night and weekend job” to complement his other work as a substitute teacher.

“I’m going to contact them and see when they’ll be hiring,” he said.

Diederich talked about the possibility this week as he stood and watched crews doing some site work at the location near Routes 34 and 47.

“I just think it would be a perfect job for summers,” he said.

Dan Kramer, attorney for developer Jim Ratos, told the City Council that “the lovely weather we’re having” has made it easier to get some early work done at the site.

“We’re moving along,” he said. “We’re right on schedule.”

The council approved the preliminary plat for the theater and for Kendall Crossing, the new name of the development that will take place on the old Countryside site.

Aldermen late last year approved a concept plan for the 38,500-square-foot theater and five adjacent lots, as well as a developer agreement that has more than $2 million in incentives. The adjacent lots could be for restaurants eventually.

The public hearing for the final plat is scheduled for Feb. 13 before the Plan Commission, which means the final plat will come before the City Council after that.

It would be fitting for Diederich, as a teacher, to work at the theater. When it was the Countryside Theater, Yorkville High School teacher Bob Williams and his wife Wanda were the managers.

Bob Williams, who managed the theater for 11 years, died this week at the age of 76.



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