Pickwick Theatre

5 S. Prospect Avenue,
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Khnemu on September 22, 2018 at 10:24 am

I think so too, it looks way better than the generic white with red trim I remember it mostly looking like growing up in Park Ridge in the 80s and 90s.

HowardBHaas on September 21, 2018 at 6:58 pm

the marquee pictured in the linked article looks beautiful!

Khnemu on September 21, 2018 at 4:41 pm

The marquee of the Pickwick has been repainted once again, this time to supposedly come closer to the original color scheme by Alfonso Ianelli.


BobbyS on May 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm

My favorite place to see a film. Matt’s classic film series once a month is a must for movie lovers. His comments about the movie are a must and adds to the knowledge of the movie. Jay Warren’s prelude on the pipe organ before the film is a wonderful touch!!! Bravo Pickwick!!

DavidZornig on February 27, 2018 at 7:46 am

In a Facebook thread about the same article, it was noted that 6 other Illinois theatres already have laser projection.

Khnemu on February 26, 2018 at 1:18 pm

Dino Vlahakis, the owner, mentions in the same article copied above, that the current seating for the main auditorium is 915. With the other four screens, including the new 39 seat auditorium added a few months back, the total seating for the Pickwick is 1430.

Khnemu on February 26, 2018 at 12:21 pm

A new “mega screen” and laser projection are being considered by the Vlahakis family which owns the Pickwick for the main/original auditorium as part of the theater’s 90th anniversary this year, according to this article from the Journal:


Broan on August 27, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Now 5 screens. http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/park-ridge/news/ct-prh-pickwick-new-theater-tl-0831-20170825-story.html

Mister_Comics on January 14, 2013 at 8:04 am

Is that a blimp mooring on top of the building? It sure looks like one.

Broan on August 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm

The photos tab – http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/302/photos/52019

clark7811 on August 13, 2012 at 5:55 pm

To: BROAN, where do I find the photo of the seats?

Broan on August 12, 2012 at 10:15 am

Added a picture of the original seats. Yes I believe they were replaced in 1948.

Here is a 1949 picture featuring the original teaser curtain.

clark7811 on July 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

BROAN; Tell me more about the original seats. When were they replaced? Was it the 1948 reference? Where can I find more information and pictures? This was my childhood theater…

Broan on July 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Added a photo of the detail in primer coat. The detail is much, much more legible now, but again it should be the correct colors. The primer coat illustrates well that this is meant to be a darker color, not white.

Broan on July 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I uploaded a few early photographs. You can clearly see at least three shades of gray, and no white whatsoever (comparing to the white of the changeable letters.) So if there’s white, it can’t be the original scheme. It would have been simple to do some sampling and map the colors using these B&W photos, but that opportunity is now gone.

On the exterior, Iannelli did the marquee (just look at the faces) and the art glass window, and likely worked closely with Zook & McCaughey throughout the process. Not sure if he did the starburst fan additions to the marquee.

rivest266 on June 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Grand opening ad posted in the photo section for this theatre.

Broan on May 4, 2012 at 7:15 am

The Pickwick is about 1/3 of the way through replacing the seats in the main auditorium with high-back, vinyl, rocker chairs. It’s… different.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 29, 2012 at 6:22 am

I went here last night with my wife to see “The Descendants” in the main theater.

While it is a treasure, the place needs some work. Some of the tiles on the stairway leading to the men’s room are loose. I’d like to see the old water fountains restored too. And the men’s room needs some work.

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on November 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Absolutly gorgeous theatre. I do hope that when the owner states that the new screen will be “huge” that he isn’t planning to install it in front of the procienium. But still a treasure to be loved and protected.

Broan on April 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm

The Pickwick is set for renovations:
View link

I really hope the owner tries to do this with historic accuracy. Iannelli’s work was such a total architecture, and the finishes were a crucial part of the whole. The harmony was a huge part of the power.

I’ve added a number of historic photos to http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/ctid302/

TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Very,Very, Nice.

kencmcintyre on June 13, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Here is a November 1928 ad from the Daily Herald:

kencmcintyre on May 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Here is a July 1941 ad from the Daily Herald: