Highland Park Theatre

445 Central Avenue,
Highland Park, IL 60035

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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Broan on June 17, 2012 at 6:27 am

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

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 .

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.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Too bad. I remember seeing Superman here, as well as the first Star Trek movie. Definitely childhood highlights. This might have been the best twinning I ever saw. They split the long auditorium front to back. Both were pretty good screening rooms.

CSWalczak on May 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm

The Highland Park was shut down by the city on May 6 for fire code violations: View link.

Oddly enough, The City of Highland Park owns the theater.

jwballer on March 30, 2010 at 1:43 pm

A 3/13 Barton was installed in the theatre in 1925.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on November 11, 2009 at 6:00 am

Here’s one of my pictures of the Highland Park Theatres.

View link

Twistr54 on August 31, 2008 at 12:02 pm

New photos taken Aug 30 2008
View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 12, 2007 at 6:17 pm

Here is another recent photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 8, 2007 at 6:08 pm

A Barton theater organ size 3/13 was installed in the Alcyon Theater in 1925.

rjacobson on July 7, 2007 at 9:59 am

I was an usher during the transition from the Alcyon to the Highland Park Theater in about 1965. I recall seeing Peyton Place on my first day – it was considered too racy for us teens – but as an usher I could see it. As a 16-year-old teenager, it seemed like fun, until the new management wanted to impress the patrons with an upscale art gallery on the second floor and films such as ballets. I recall the boredom standing around. Nonetheless, it marked a unique moment, my first job and fooling around behind the popcorn counter. I also recall that the 10-cent Coke machine poured free drinks if you just pressed the button repeatedly. What a simple life.

PearlPhotography on June 23, 2007 at 9:49 am

It was a wonderful place to work…lots of great memories of movies I’ve seen from the balcony there, great people…and a treasure trove of ornate detailing left from her Vaudeville days.

kathymoore on March 15, 2007 at 2:23 pm

I grew up in Deerfield in the late 50s and 60s. We didn’t have a theater, so the Alcyon in HP was it. I came from a family of 7 kids and my mom dropped all of us off at the theater every Saturday and left us there all day. Seeing the photos from the messages above was like looking at pictures of my childhood home. Thanks everyone for the info.

Broan on March 13, 2007 at 2:34 pm

Here are photos of this theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 5, 2006 at 3:18 pm

This link has some recent photos of the Highland Park Theater. Click each photo to expand it.

JamesM on August 30, 2006 at 7:35 am

Does anyone know the name of the current owner of the theater?