Wheaton Grand Theater
123 N. Hale Street,
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Previously operated by: Valos Theaters
Architects: Norman Brydges
Previous Names: Grand Theater, Paramount Theater, Wheaton Theater
News About This Theater
- Jul 9, 2012 — Volunteers raise funds to save historic Wheaton Grand Theater
- Apr 14, 2011 — Wheaton Grand to be demolished?
- May 4, 2010 — Wheaton Grand might return to full time cinema use
- Feb 17, 2010 — Happy 85th Anniversary, Wheaton Grand Theatre
- Mar 13, 2006 — Wheaton Grand Theater to Close for Restoration April 1st
- Feb 2, 2004 — Wheaton's Grand Theatre Rocks On
The Grand Theatre, which opened in 1925 with 1,000 seats, closed in the late-1990’s as a second-run movie house and is seeking to raise between $5-7 million for restoration costs. The new owners, the Wheaton Grand Theater Corp., reopened the theater on a limited basis in 2002 with the Wheaton Grand Theatre serving as a venue for concerts, classic film screenings and other community events.
The Wheaton Grand Theater closed April 1, 2006, to allow for the beginning of an $8 million restoration and renovation project which was expected to take around two years to return the theater to its original appearance, including a return to a single screen configuration. Unfortunately, by 2021, these plans had come to nothing, and the theatre sits empty and unused.
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Recent comments (view all 370 comments)
Man after all the dedate and name calling on this site now another set back thats too bad looks like a nice theatre.
Send the Wonder Morton back home to the Kings where it belongs
Let everybody understand, I like the Wheaton Grand. I would grimace at seeing this movie palace wrecked. However, being a preservationist, I would truly appreciate the return of the remaining Wonder Morton components to the Kings, if the parties found a way to accomplish this. In the event the Wheaton Grand is saved, there ARE other theater organs out there, awaiting a new home. In fact, I know of a virtually complete 3m Wurlitzer right in my home town, that is available!
A new group is raising funds online to purchase and restore the Wheaton Grand for use as a concert venue and performing arts center. Visit the fundraiser page at http://www.indiegogo.com/thegrand
I never did understand why they had to stop doing concerts here. It seems like it was a reasonable business at least. That they didn’t continue with local shows while money was raised was always a question mark for me.
A prospective buyer has come forward with plans to restore the Wheaton Grand if the sale goes through and a fund raising drive is successful: View article
Great news,thanks….not another parking lot…
If anyone sees this, I am the main volunteer in the restoration of the Wheaton Grand Theater. I will occasionally post updates as they happen on here, and please bookmark www.wheatongrandtheater.com and like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WheatonGrandTheater and if you feel gracious, please donate a few bucks to our cause. We are already making big strides and hope to have this open in 2014/15.
Back in 2011 I learned about the Lowes Kings Wonder Morton console, etc. and the premise of it possibly being installed in the Wheaton, if restoration commenced.. I posted that it should rather be returned to it’s original location in the Kings. I just learned that two months after my posts that it’s owners DID arrange for it’s return to New York! Hurray!
Any new updates, on the restoration of this theater? I hope a restoration could successfully occur, for this theater. Unlike the DuPage Theater in Lombard, which got demolished. :(