Scottish Rite Cathedral purchased with big plans to renovate

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PEORIA, Ill. — The Scottish Rite Cathedral in Peoria has now been sold and with plans to renovate.

Developer Kim Blickenstaff purchased the property in the 400 block of Northeast Perry. Long-term plans include turning the cathedral into a theatre district and preserving the building. Declining membership at the Scottish Rite Cathedral led to the property being put up for sale back in early 2018. The church-like landmark was first constructed back in 1925.

“I point out that we once had a very vibrant theatre community, you know, back in the 10s, 20s, 30s, and 40s. We’ve lost a handful or more of our best theatres, such as The Palace. We lost the Alto, the Orpheum,” said Kim Blickenstaff, purchaser of the cathedral.

“There’s a full set of facilities downstairs for makeup and costumes and that sort of thing, so it is what it is. It’s a theatre, it was used by the masons back in the day. You know, people put on plays there, the Christmas Carol was put on every Christmas,” said Blickenstaff.

Plans for the clean-up and renovation do not currently have a timeline, but Blickenstaff says the process will start immediately.

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