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Anthony De Santis, 93, theater owner

Entrepreneur built Drury Lane in Chicago

Theater owner and entrepreneur Anthony De Santis died June 6 in Chicago of cancer. He was 93.

De Santis built the Drury Lane theater empire in the Chicago area.

His theaters attracted Broadway and Hollywood stars, including Debbie Reynolds, Rosemary Clooney, Ginger Rogers and Phyllis Diller, and became popular places for locals to see top talent at reasonable prices.

De Santis was born in Gary, Ind. He opened the first Drury Lane Theater in 1949 in a tent next to his famous Martinique restaurant in suburban Evergreen Park. He eventually became a high-profile restaurateur and theater owner in the Chicago area, opening five Drury Lane theaters.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille; a daughter; five grandchildren; and a brother.

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