Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
175 E. Chestnut Street,
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Previous Names: Water Tower Place Cinemas, Drury Lane Water Tower Theatre, Water Tower Theatre
News About This Theater
- Dec 12, 2008 — Remembering "Scarface", "Sudden Impact", and Chestnut Station
- Jan 21, 2005 — From Live Theater to Movie Theater to Live Theater Again
- Sep 16, 2004 — New Legit Theater Replacing Water Tower Theatre
This theatre opened in December 1974 as the Water Tower Place Cinemas. Its original four screens were built on the 2nd floor of the Water Tower Place Mall, at the back of where the hotel is now located, with the address given as 845 N. Michigan Avenue. In April 1984 Screens 5 to 7 were erected by Plitt Theatres on street level on E. Chestnut Street.
By the 1990’s, the Water Tower was in rather rough shape and screen 1-4 closed in May 2000 and screens 5-7 closed in November 2000.
In August 2002, the Village Theatres chain, which also operated the historic Biograph Theatre, Village Theatre and Village North Theatre, renovated and reopened the former 5-7 Water Tower auditoriums along E. Chestnut Street, as simply the Water Tower Theatre. It screened mainly art and foreign features. The 1-4 auditoriums were gutted and turned into retail space. At the end of August 2003, Village Theatres closed the Water Tower Theatre.
In May of 2005, the former 5-7 screens of the movie house on Chestnut Street were reopened after a conversion into a single auditorium seating 549 as the Drury Lane Water Tower Theatre. Like the other Drury Lane Theatre in suburban Oakbrook Terrace, the theatre will present live musical theatre. In September 2010 it was renamed Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place and is operated by Broadway in Chicago.
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