Liberty 1 & 2 Theatres

708 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
Libertyville, IL 60048

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LIBERTY Theatre; Libertyville, Illinois.

The 1937 Liberty Theatre was designed by architects Edward P. Rupert and William L. Pereira in the Art Moderne style including a stunning tall vertical sign. The facade was of cream-colored terra-cotta, trimmed in dark blue. It either replaced or was a total remodeling of an earlier Liberty Theatre, dating from before the 1920’s.

At some point, the Liberty Theatre lost its Moderne facade, including the vertical sign, and compared to the original, the current one is rather plain.

The Liberty Theatre was converted at some point into a twin. It was until June 2006 part of the RMC chain, and then operated by “C” You at the Movies, Inc, along with the Antioch in Antioch, the Dunes in Zion, and the McHenry Indoor and Outdoor Theatres in McHenry.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm

What idiot remodeled that beautiful movie theatre!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm

jwballer,I just can’t understand why they would go with that look.It looks like a butcher’s shop.If you just got to twin it okay,but not what they did.

TLSLOEWS on August 9, 2010 at 11:39 am

Sure has changed over the years the marquee looks good though.

figaro14 on September 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm

At one time very representative of a neighborhood cinema, the theatre is now damaged now beyond repair because of the desire to “modernize.” While still operating as of 2011, virtually all of the architectural deco character of the original theatre has been stripped away. The exterior art deco facade and sign are gone, and the stucco facade is now faced with paneling. The exterior box office is long gone. Virtually all the 1930’s décor has been stripped away, leaving a big ugly black box interior. To make matters worse, a long center wall was installed, splitting the auditorium into two halves, creating a long, cavernous feeling with tiny movie screens at the far end. There’s nothing left to save here. What remains might as well have been the interior of a warehouse with theatre seats.

Trolleyguy on July 11, 2014 at 7:37 am

Now operated by Golden Age Cinemas. This is the website:

goodhumor on May 11, 2015 at 5:40 am

Historians report that the late Marlon Brando, once worked at this theater when his family lived in Libertyville in his teen years, before moving to Evanston, IL.

jonrev on June 22, 2017 at 9:56 pm

Now on the market and in danger of being redeveloped:

goodhumor on July 30, 2017 at 8:32 am

If they tear this theater down, my Marlon Brando comment posted above will become a distant memory.

Khnemu on October 14, 2017 at 12:31 pm

From yesterday’s Daily Herald:

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