Liberty 1 & 2 Theatres
708 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
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Opened on August 27, 1937 with Warner Baxter in “Slave Ship”. The 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 Theatre in Antioch, the Dune Theatres in Zion, and the McHenry Indoor and Outdoor Theatres in McHenry. The Liberty 1 & 2 Theatres was closed by Golden Age Cinemas at the end of January 2020.
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