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Local developers cast vision for Plainfield’s Prewitt Theatre

After sitting empty since 2005, Keller Huff Restaurant Group plans to renovate the historic Prewitt Theatre into a dining and event space. (Photo provided by the Town of Plainfield)

By Nicole Davis

The Plainfield Town Council approved a letter of intent with Keller Huff Restaurant Group to move forward on a proposed plan to renovate Prewitt Theatre at the Feb. 8 town council meeting. 

The historic theater, located in downtown Plainfield, was acquired by the town in 2018. Since then, the town restored the historic marquee and conducted a feasibility study on the building.

After opening a request for proposal (RFP) process, Keller Huff Restaurant Group approached the town, showing interest in redeveloping the property. 

The Prewitt Theatre opened in 1927 and was eventually renamed the Village Theatre until it closed in 2005. It’s sat vacant since. 

Keller Huff Restaurant Group’s project proposal outlines plans for an “upscale and unique but classic and casual” dining experience to Plainfield. Customers will be able to dine inside the old theater, on the rooftop or inside the old law office that will be transformed into the bar area. The theater space will be renovated into a lounge and event space to accommodate weddings, comedy shows, concerts, live music, business meetings and movies. 

A project agreement between the Town of Plainfield and Keller Huff Restaurant Group will be developed over the next couple of months. Keller Huff Restaurant Group intends to begin renovations on the project immediately.

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