Highland Park Theatre

445 Central Avenue,
Highland Park, IL 60035

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Highland Park Theatre

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The Tudor Revival style Highland Park Theatre, originally called the Alcyon Theatre, has now been split into four screens.

The most striking feature of the theater is its odd blocky marquee and the strange color blocks which decorate the entrance. Definitely a mix of styles.

It was closed on May 6, 2012

Contributed by Dave Wiegers

Recent comments (view all 34 comments)

ejfigueroa1978
ejfigueroa1978 on June 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Does anyone have the email address for the theater? I’m looking to get my hands on a concession stand. Please email me the info.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm

The website lists as the contact website; if that does not work, you might want to contact the city of Highland Park, IL as the city owns the theater at (847) 432-0800 .

Broan
Broan on June 17, 2012 at 6:27 am

They’re trying to reopen, so I wouldn’t hold your breath

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on June 17, 2012 at 10:15 am

Thanks Broan! That’s really good news. I was wondering what was happening to the building.

RiisPark
RiisPark on March 12, 2013 at 4:13 pm

In 1967 I first went to the Highland Park with my girlfiend at the time, Debbie Zwierczyk. We saw a WC Fields double feature (there was a revival of Field’s work at the time). The place was packed and the laughter shook the room. What a great memory.

Broan
Broan on April 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm

http://blog.chicagohistory.org/index.php/2013/04/well-see-you-at-the-movies/ This blog post indicates that the Alcyon was the basis for Siskel & Ebert’s WTTW program.

RiisPark
RiisPark on April 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm

City council to move soon on unloading the theatre, hopefully to a group willing to restore it and show movies again.

LouRugani
LouRugani on January 28, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Highland Park Theater up for sale

The City of Highland Park won’t help to preserve the Highland Park Theatre and is offering the theatre for sale without restrictions and may throw in an adjoining parking lot to sweeten the deal. Monday the city learned that the non-profit Alcyon Foundation can’t raise the capital needed to restore and reopen the theatre for live performances, film festivals and private events. Mayor Nancy Rotering told reporters after a closed session “The city has exhausted numerous efforts to redevelop the property in a way that meets the goals and desires of the community, reduces the financial burden placed on residents, and complements the business community.”

There was a two-year effort to preserve the theatre, and the city was dealing with a developer on a combined condo, retail and theatre, but the agreement lapsed last February over cost concerns.

The city bought the struggling theatre for $2.1 million in 2009 in part for concerns about preservation and for the possibility for larger redevelopments. It abruptly closed in summer of 2012 after code violations came to light. It’s zoned for commercial use and has been divided into four theatres ranging from 130 to 410 seats. The city invited anyone interested, or with questions about the council’s action, to call the city manager’s office at 847-926-1000.

RiisPark99
RiisPark99 on January 31, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Too bad that this theater will probably met the wrecking ball. I have fond memories of attending a WC Fields movie festival there with Debbie Zwierczyk back in 1967. The place was packed and full of laughter.

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