Pickwick Theatre

5 S. Prospect Avenue,
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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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:

CinemarkFan on January 14, 2009 at 2:09 pm

How wide is the screen in the main auditorium?

I haven’t been here yet, but I wonder if some 70MM revivals could be run in the future?

mp775 on August 18, 2008 at 12:58 pm

And the screen is bigger, the audience is better behaved, and the sound is probably better, too.

GFeret on May 9, 2008 at 10:06 am

A personal recollection regarding seeing a movie (the first BATMAN w/Michael Keaton) @ the PickWick;

Took my 2 young sons here and it was (almost) their first time at a theater, and what they did spontaneously and totally on their own just bowled me over.

Because I’d long since forgotten, but I did it too when I was their age—when the movie started they just got up from their seats and sat themselves comfortably right down in the aisle! (And there remained).

On a different subject: if you find yourself frustrated, even mad when you’re at one of the chain multiplex cinemas (there’re 2 not terribly far from PW) because the big blockbuster pic that just opened is seats sold-out when you arrive there, remember the PickWick is a relatively fast drive down Greenwood/Cumberland or up Touhy Aves. And they certainly won’t be sold-out in their huge main auditorium.

uptownadviser on November 19, 2007 at 12:37 pm

I don’t think this is true: “Currently, the theater is a performing arts venue, managed by the Pickwick Theatre Council.”

Broan on October 7, 2007 at 11:29 pm

Recent photos of this theatre are HERE

mp775 on March 27, 2007 at 8:28 am

The Pickwick will be hosting a benefit for the Des Plaines Theater Preservation Society on Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 P.M. Acclaimed theatre organist Jay Warren will accompany The Pawn Shop starring Charlie Chaplin (1916), Never Weaken starring Harold Lloyd (1921), and Sherlock Jr. starring Buster Keaton (1924). Visit www.dptheatre.org for more information.