Glenwood Theater

18255 S. Halsted Street,
Glenwood, IL 60425

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This theater opened in 1966 as a single screen auditorium with around 1,000 seats. It was later divided into four screens. It was last operated by the Village Entertainment chain, but was closed in 2008.

Contributed by Paul Fortini

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Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on October 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Has it been torn down yet?

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on October 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I just had a look at the photos of the Glenwood on the Mekong site. Wow! What an almost late 1950s-1960s vibe this theatre had! It reminds me a LOT of the old Golf Mill. Same archeitects?

JudithK
JudithK on October 14, 2011 at 1:05 am

I agree, Paul. The building materials and blocky design are similar.

Beadee
Beadee on October 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I’ll take some photos tonight on my way home and post soon.

JudithK
JudithK on November 25, 2011 at 3:59 am

The owner of record got what sounds like a fair settlement ($480,000 for a very depressed property) but it must have been terribly expensive to operate, and maybe it was highly taxed as well. From this point things should move forward. Sorry about the end of this story; it should have ended better.

JudithK
JudithK on December 29, 2011 at 1:26 am

As of December 28, 2011 the Glenwood Theatre is still in place; no sign of demolition preparations can be seen from the street.

MaskedRider29
MaskedRider29 on February 8, 2012 at 7:17 am

As of February 7, 2012, the theater is currently being demolished :(

It’s really sad because my grandfather help build it, and my mother worked there when she was a teenager. Both of them are passed on now, so I’m glad neither had to witness what became of that theater. I added a picture of what it looked like the other day.

JudithK
JudithK on February 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm

I finally drove by the Glenwood Theatre today; all is down but the foundation. It really looks like it was built very well. What a shame that a better effort was made to update it and keep it going.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on August 29, 2012 at 1:22 am

Great demolition photo. On the other hand too bad this theatre couldn’t have been saved. I’ll bet it would have done well as a second run house.

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