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What once was...

Originally built in 1957 as a Synagogue by the Kesser Maariv Congregation. The congregation moved to itís new home in Skokie in the 1980ís after abandoning itís home on Greenview Ave. years earlier. Before being purchased by the Space Between Corporation, which later turned the building into a community center for the visual and performing arts, the Greenview property was used by The Voice of God Church and Ernest Angley ministries. A community center for the visual and performing arts. The sanctuary of the old Synagogue was refurbished and redesigned to accommodate two-hundred theatre seats that used to be in the old Paradise Theatre in Chicago prior to itís demolition. The ceiling above the stage was raised, a sound booth and box office were constructed in the back of the theatre, stage lighting was installed, the former social hall was gutted and refurbished and was used as a second performance space. Discovered in the midst of IML weekend, 1999, there was no denying that the building at 6418 N. Greenview Ave. was exactly what we were looking for. On Sunday, May 30, 1999, the crowd at the International Mr. Leather Contest agreed and chipped in very generously to secure the down payment. On Thursday, February 17, 6:00 PM, Chuck Renslow cut the ribbon at an official ceremony and the LA&M was home. In 2004, President and founder Chuck Renslow burned the mortgage to the building on 6418 N. Greenview Ave.

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