Glencoe Theatre

630 Vernon Avenue,
Glencoe, IL 60022

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp., Suburban Theatres

Architects: Irving M. Karlin

Styles: Colonial Revival

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Glencoe Theater in the mid 1940's

The Glencoe Theatre opened on October 16, 1940 with Henry Fonda in “Return of Frank James”. Originally seating around 1,000 (later seating was reduced to 847). The theatre closed in 1979 and was later demolished.

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kencmcintyre on November 20, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Here is a brief excerpt from a Chicago Daily Tribune article dated May 5, 1940:

Glencoe, which long has lacked a moving picture theater, now is to have two. Plans were announced last March for a 1,100 seat movie at the northeast corner of Scott avenue and Glencoe road. Yesterday it was reported that work is under way on a second playhouse, also to have 1,100 seats.

DavidZornig on November 20, 2008 at 9:26 pm

I could be mistaken, but I thought the Glencoe Theatre had toyed with idea of live music around 1980. But the village was gonna have none of it.
I don’t think nearby Glenview had a theatre, that’s why I’m thinking it was Glencoe.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm

I’m pretty sure I once saw something about a vintage theatre in Glenview on a list from the Theatre Historical Society archives.

There also very well might have been something on the Naval Air Station before it was demolished, similar to what is found today at Great Lakes in North Chicago.

DavidZornig on December 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm

You might be right. I can’t imagine a place the size of Glenview not having a theatre at some time.
The Glenview House tavern has been there for over a hundred years.

DavidZornig on December 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Thanks. I seem to remember seeing a play in Glenview around 1980.I thought it was in an older theater like building with an equally old stage.
But I could be wrong. Maybe it was strictly an old playhouse of sorts. Glenview was kind of far, and too wealthy for us to have been hangin' out there regularly.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 12, 2009 at 12:43 am

The other proposed movie house mentioned in the Chicago Tribune article quoted by ken mc on Nov 20, 2008, must have been the one mentioned in the March 30, 1940, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. It was to have been designed by Rapp & Rapp, and the small architect’s rendering accompanying the item showed an art moderne building. The scan of the magazine is poor, but I think the name of the new house, to be operated by Sam Meyers, was the Glenwin. Does anybody know if it ever got built?

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 12, 2009 at 10:45 am

90% certain this was not built.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 24, 2009 at 3:40 am

Architect Irving Karlin’s middle initial is M, not R.

Irving M. Karlin also designed the State Theatre at Logansport, Indiana, and the rebuilding of the Orpheum Theatre in Ottawa, Illinois.

billy307 on February 2, 2012 at 3:31 am

I worked as an usher at the Glencoe Theater from 1972-1975 while in high school.The Auditorium was very large and beautiful. Some of the movies then were “Deliverance” “Jeremiah Johnson” “Godfather Part II"and "Paper Moon” and “Serpico”. I also changed the sign out front on Thursday evenings, helped at the candy counter, took tickets, etc. Carl Funk was a jovial owner, Bruce Boudreaux was the assistant manager. It had a spacious, comfortable lobby, and lounge off the candy counter, no balcony. We usually showed a cartoon before the feature.A great place to work,most fun job I ever had! My younger sister and older brother also worked there.

rivest266 on August 17, 2020 at 1:53 pm

This opened on October 16th, 1940 with “Return of Frank James”. Grand opening ad posted.

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