McHenry Downtown Theater

1204 N. Green Street,
McHenry, IL 60002

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Khnemu on January 25, 2018 at 11:22 am

The McHenry Downtown Theater had its grand reopening on Jan. 18th. It now has three screens for total seating of about 400. (the third auditorium is set to open in a few weeks). The new website for the theater is:

Khnemu on July 4, 2017 at 3:50 pm

An update on the progress on the theater. It appears to be more than just a renovation; other than the four walls, it looks like it will be completely rebuilt.

aek316 on February 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm

I just read the downtown theater will be renovated and reopened hopefully in the fall. DC Cobbs restaurant will also be moving in next door!

dallasmovietheaters on May 11, 2016 at 11:16 am

The Empire Theatre launched June 28, 1919 with “The Little Rowdy.” It closed for a month in January of 1929 to install a Vitaphone sound system re-opening Feb. 21, 1929 though sound films were still a month away.

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Joe Vogel on November 23, 2010 at 3:48 am

The entry for Chicago architect John van der Meulen in the 1962 American Architects Directory lists this 1955 theater among his works. Later in his career van der Meulen and his architectural partner Ralph Rapson became known for the American embassies they designed in various cities, including Stockholm, Copenhagen, and The Hague.

The McHenry Theater could still be a handsome Midcentury Modern building if they’d rip that shingled fake mansard and other accumulated bits of ticky-tacky off of it. It deserves better treatment than it’s had.

dhowell on June 2, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Here is their official website. There is also a photo of the theatre on this page.

Broan on March 13, 2007 at 2:41 pm

Here are photos of this theatre.