Wheaton Grand Theater

123 N. Hale Street,
Wheaton, IL 60187

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Wheaton Grand Theater

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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 2011, these plans had come to nothing, and the theatre sits empty and unused.

Contributed by Ross Melnick, Dave Wiegers

Recent comments (view all 381 comments)

cmastersin
cmastersin on April 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Send the Wonder Morton back home to the Kings where it belongs

cmastersin
cmastersin on April 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm

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!

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on April 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

Any news on the Wheaton Grand? I went by this weekend and it looks like someone has been working inside the building.

Rob_Blohm
Rob_Blohm on July 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

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

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

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.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 12, 2012 at 4:50 am

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

jwballer
jwballer on March 13, 2013 at 12:50 am

The Wheaton has been bought and the new owner is currently in the process of raising funds for restoration.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 13, 2013 at 6:27 am

Great news,thanks….not another parking lot…

WheatonGrandTheater
WheatonGrandTheater on July 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm

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.

cmastersin
cmastersin on October 18, 2014 at 12:21 am

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!

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