October 31, 1975--September 30, 2015

Dear Friends:

I am sorry to announce that, due to the repeated denial of our insurance claim of severe wind damage to the Barn on August 18, we are out of business as of September 30, 2015.

If you have reservations for any performance for the Barn or Ashland House in Morton, they are cancelled.  We will not be performing at either location.

If you have Spotlighters, gift certificates or have paid deposits on a group reservation, they will be honored if and when we re-open in the future.

It has been a wonderful experience for all of us and we appreciate your patronage, your condolences, your love, and support and we will miss you!

Full text of our press release appears below.



Less than one month from their 40th anniversary in Goodfield, Conklin's Dinner Theatre is shutting down operations.

A storm that went through Goodfield on August 18, 2015 caused severe wind damage to the barn. On April 20, 2015 the insurance company insured the business as structurally sound without riders or restrictions. After examination by a forensic engineer assigned by the insurance company on August 26, 2015, the Barn was deemed un-repairable and the claim of storm damage was denied, leaving the theatre in extreme financial peril.

Previously announced plans to re-open temporarily in a new location have been cancelled due to the financial restrictions. Owner Mary Simon states "I was really hoping we could get open in the new location to tide us over, but with the insurance claim denied, we have no choice but to cease operations immediately."

Members of the company spent weeks on the phones, cancelling reservations for performances and re-scheduling reservations in the planned temporary facility in hopes that the company could continue operations with the help of insurance money.  Since the insurance claim has been denied, and the proposed transfer isn't possible, individual parties with reservations will not be called to be told of the closure of the company. Anyone seeking more information about the closure may call Conklin's Box Office at (309) 965-2545

Simon states, "I am heartbroken to have to make this announcement. Our audiences have been so supportive through good times and bad and we are so appreciative of that, but there is no feasible way to continue at this point."

The theatre played its last performance on August 16 with the show "Nana's Naughty Knickers."