Uptown in the News
March 31, 2004
In published accounts, Paul Warshauer has portrayed himself as an underdog fighting the city bureaucracy in efforts to reopen the shuttered Portage Park Theater on the Northwest Side.
But Standard Parking Corp. alleges the entrepreneur falsely claimed connections with the Chicago-based firm to defraud a theater company into giving him a small lease deposit, according to a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
The deposit was for space in the historic Uptown Broadway Building, 4703-15 N. Broadway, which Warshauer allegedly did not control. The theater group, Annoyance Productions Inc., also sued him, winning a $4,000 default judgement, court records show.
Warshauer denied improperly taking the deposit, but said he will work things out with the theater group.
Standard alleges that Warshauer is a "distant relative" of the company's founding family, but has never been affiliated with the firm. Warshauer said he's a first cousin who worked for the firm earlier in his career. He denies claiming current ties to the firm, adding, "I don't like Standard Parking."
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