McHenry Downtown Theater
1204 N. Green Street,
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McHenry Downtown Theater (Official)
Architects: John van der Meulen
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Empire Theatre, Colony Theatre, McHenry Theatre, McHenry 1 & 2 Theatres, RMC McHenry Twin
The Empire Theatre was opened on June 28, 1919. By 1929 it was operated by Warner Broc. Circuit Management Corp. who operated the theatre until 1936. It was renamed the Colony Theatre in 1939, it burned on November 4, 1951, destroying the entire building except the front wall.
It was rebuilt to the plans of architect John van der Meulen, and opened in February 1955 with 680 seats. It was later twinned in the 1980’s and closed suddenly as a discount house managed by Rhyan Management (RMC) in January 2000. It reopened in 2003 as a discount first-run theater operated by “C” You at the Movies. It had closed by 2014. It reopened January 18, 2018 and a third screen has been added which opened in February 2018.
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