Forest Theatre

7526 Madison Street,
Forest Park, IL 60130

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plugai on December 10, 2021 at 11:51 am

I remember walking west with my mom past an empty Forest Theater on Madison Street. No lobby cards displayed. No movie posters. Newspapers lined the tile floor, looking through the glass doors. I never was lucky enough to witness a movie in this theater. The next time I passed this spot, there was a brand-new Mobil Gas station and a grand opening of McDonalds!

rivest266 on June 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

This was opened on August 28th, 1920 by the Ascher Brothers. I uploaded its grand opening ad here.

Moviebuffwcs on May 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I’m positive the theater was torn down in the summer of 1963. I remember driving by with my mom on Des Plaines Ave. seeing the seats all exposed during the demolition. My family went there quite often, I particularly remember seeing “The Ten Commandments” there when the a/c wasn’t working. We felt like we were there in the desert with Moses.

dsadowski on July 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm

The latest display ad I have found for the Forest Theater in the Chicago Tribune archives is dated February 16, 1961. They were running a double feature of “7 Hills To Rome” and “Houseboat.” So this is probably about when they closed. My mother says she went to see a movie there with my Dad when they lived in the area in the early 1950s. I currently live about a block away from where the theater was (there is a McDonald’s there now).

kencmcintyre on May 10, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Here is a May 1956 ad from the Forest Park Review:

ctheatrics on March 11, 2009 at 6:12 pm

I am looking for photos, drawings, ground plans, remembrances etc. of the Henry L. Newhouse Forest Theatre 7526 Madison street, Forest Park, Illinois. I am located in NYC. Thank you.
Craig Jacobs

Broan on November 28, 2005 at 11:32 am

Henry L. Newhouse was announced as architect in the Chicago Tribune, March 2, 1919, pE23

Trolleyguy on January 9, 2005 at 12:16 pm

This was a nice place to take a date in the 50’s. Clean and comfortable. Now, a McDonald’s stands on the spot.