Wheaton Grand Theater

123 N. Hale Street,
Wheaton, IL 60187

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Khnemu on April 24, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Article from last month about the ongoing restoration of this theater:


cmastersin on October 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

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!

WheatonGrandTheater on July 17, 2013 at 2:14 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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 13, 2013 at 3:27 am

Great news,thanks….not another parking lot…

jwballer on March 12, 2013 at 9:50 pm

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

CSWalczak on October 12, 2012 at 1:50 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

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

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.

Rob_Blohm on July 2, 2012 at 12:51 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

cmastersin on April 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

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!

cmastersin on April 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm

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

jwballer on November 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Im hearing the theatre may be demolished

jwballer on October 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Went by it yesterday. Marquee is red. Building is 4 SALE.

TLSLOEWS on July 14, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Man after all the dedate and name calling on this site now another set back thats too bad looks like a nice theatre.

CSWalczak on July 14, 2010 at 12:32 am

It appears that that the efforts to renovate this theater as a live performance venue have suffered a major setback, as the not-for-profit that owned the theater has defaulted on its loan and has returned the deed to the property to the bank; story here: http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=393848. There is still some talk that Classic Cinemas may be interested in buying the theater; see this story from this past April: http://cinematreasures.org/news/23601_0_1_0_C/

jwballer on June 8, 2010 at 9:47 am

The marquee was being painted white when i went by it yesterday. When i looked in the lobby there was a fair amount of water damage.

jwballer on April 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Here is a video of the organ to be installed in the wheaton
1 of 5 Wonder theatre organs from the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.

jwballer on January 28, 2010 at 1:48 pm

A 2/9 Kimball was installed in the theatre in 1925

MMBERT on January 16, 2010 at 11:42 pm

MarkG I had worked at the Glen and the Wheaton theatres and was wondering when you serviced the equipment? Those two theatres hold a fond place in my heart and any info you have I would be interested in. The only thing that makes the Wheaton theatre “Grand” is tiles on the front of the building that spell it out. I would argue the Wheaton was nicer than the Glen, but the Dupage was the gem of the three back in the day.

CinemaService on January 15, 2010 at 11:12 am

Having grown up in Glen Ellyn and also having done maintainance on the projection and sound systems there for a number of years it’s great to hear this theater lives on. However I’m trying to figure out just whats so grand about it. Both the Glen and the Wheaton Theaters were just plain jane big barns in their days. I grew up in Glen Ellyn and attended the DuPage, Glen, and the Wheaton theaters regularly and the Dupage was the only gem of the trio. Sadly the real gem is gone.

MMBERT on September 2, 2009 at 5:40 pm

In reference to Life’s too short posting on 4/15. In the early 80’s the marquee was covered over because it was in terrible shape. I spoke with the man that did the work and he said the inside of the marquee was a mess back then (supports rusting away, exposed wires, not well supported) and can’t imagine what’s holding the sign on the building. I know when I worked there anytime the snow melted it all leaked though the underside of the sign. It was recovered every spring when I was there. If you have any other question I’d be glad to help.