Wheaton Grand Theater

123 N. Hale Street,
Wheaton, IL 60187

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WheatonGrandTheater on July 17, 2013 at 10:14 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 10:27 am

Great news,thanks….not another parking lot…

jwballer
jwballer on March 13, 2013 at 4:50 am

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

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 12, 2012 at 9:50 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 7:56 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.

Rob_Blohm
Rob_Blohm on July 2, 2012 at 8:51 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

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on April 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm

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

cmastersin
cmastersin on April 20, 2011 at 5:44 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!

cmastersin
cmastersin on April 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm

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

jwballer
jwballer on November 23, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Im hearing the theatre may be demolished

jwballer
jwballer on October 18, 2010 at 1:16 am

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 14, 2010 at 11:16 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
CSWalczak on July 14, 2010 at 8:32 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
jwballer on June 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm

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
jwballer on April 12, 2010 at 9:27 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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SetFfovLkVQ

jwballer
jwballer on January 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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

MMBERT
MMBERT on January 17, 2010 at 7:42 am

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
CinemaService on January 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm

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
MMBERT on September 3, 2009 at 1:40 am

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.

smcjanerson
smcjanerson on July 12, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Jwballer, the renovation hasn’t even started yet. Right now they’re projecting for this thing to be done by 2011. At this rate, who knows when it will ever open. But it’s practically open right now. A church currently rents out the theater, because as we all know Wheaton needs more churches. Of course this place is perfect for rock concerts. I don’t know why the powers that be have decided that rock concerts are not ok. Apparently actually making money is not high on the list of things to do at the theater.

Perhaps someone can tell me if rock concerts will ever be welcome in the newly restored wheaton grand, if that ever happens. Because rock and roll has been banned from there for the past 3 years. Is this a scene from footloose? Are they taking a page from wheaton college and rather than banning dancing they ban rock music? I’m glad Mr Shepardson and the board have taken something that was great for the community and especially great for the teens in wheaton and surrounding areas, and replaced it with yet another church. Sure a church will serve some people, but I think wheaton has every possible denomination covered.