Naper Theater

34 West Jefferson Avenue,
Naperville, IL 60540

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Naper Theater, Naperville, IL

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Located on Jefferson Avenue at Washington Street in downtown Naperville, the Masonic Temple opened in 1916. The Masons met on the second floor of the building, and rented out the first floor as a movie house. The theater closed in 1931, and for four years, the main floor was used for retail.

In 1935, the building became the Naper Theater, seating 480, given a marquee and showing first-run movies. In 1950, the Naper was remodeled, with a new lobby, foyer area, and sound system. Seating was also increased to 603. A couple years later, the theater’s old screen was replaced by a CinemaScope screen. The Naper operated until 1977, when competition from newer multiplexes, such as the Ogden 6, helped drive the old single-screen movie house out of business.

In 1979, the former Naper was converted to an appliance store, and today houses Mary’s Antique Mall.

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kencmcintyre on January 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Google should sue whoever recommended their photographers. They take photos with trees in front of the building, sometimes when a bus is going by, horrible. Here is the candle company’s site that talks about their using the old theater:

Broan on January 20, 2009 at 5:42 pm

They’re cars with camera domes on top. It would be really uneconomical to actually survey and photograph everything by foot.

kencmcintyre on January 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Couldn’t they at least wait for the bus to go by before they press the shutter?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 20, 2009 at 5:51 pm

What a heart breaker.

Broan on January 20, 2009 at 5:57 pm

This link explains how it works. It’s fully automated. If they waited, they would just snarl traffic and make the situation worse. You have to pass the truck/bus at some point, and piling up cars behind you doesn’t help matters. Not to mention that the intended purpose of Street View is to give some idea of what an area looks like rather than providing researchers like us detailed photos. I’m sure technology will have advanced considerably in a few years time, anyway. I’ve heard that they are outfitting some vehicles with laser cannons now to make 3D object mapping possible – like really high-resolution sonar. That sort of thing will provide us with considerably more detail.

kencmcintyre on January 20, 2009 at 6:02 pm

That’s interesting. Thanks.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 20, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Yeah that’s interesting. I can’t wait.

spiderland on March 5, 2010 at 6:52 pm

The building is now Naperville Running Company.

Tinseltoes on July 8, 2012 at 9:38 am

Featured in this 1951 trade testimonial: boxoffice

Tinseltoes on August 24, 2012 at 7:36 am

Described sixteen years earlier in this 1935 article: Boxoffice

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