Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
175 E. Chestnut Street,
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This theater opened in the mid 1970s and its original four screens were built in the upper floors of the Water Tower Place Mall. Screens 5 to 7 were erected on street level on Chestnut Street.
By the 1990s, the Water Tower was in rather rough shape and eventually closed in 2001.
In mid-2002, the Village Theatres chain, which also operates the historic Biograph, Village and Village North Theatres, renovated and reopened the former 5-7 Water Tower auditoriums along Chestnut Street, as simply the Water Tower Theatre. It screened mainly art and foreign features. The 1-4 auditoriums were gutted and turned into retail space.
As of the end of August, 2003, Village Theatres closed the Water Tower theaters. In May of 2005, the former 5-7 screens of the movie house on Chestnut Street were reopened after a converstion back into a single auditorium seating 549 as the Drury Lane Water Tower Theatre. Like the other Drury Lane Theatre in suburban Oakbrook Terrace, the theater will present live musical theatre. In September 2010 it was renamed Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place and is operated by Broadway in Chicago.
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