Liberty 1 & 2 Theatres

708 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
Libertyville, IL 60048

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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.

jonrev on June 22, 2017 at 9:56 pm

Now on the market and in danger of being redeveloped:

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.

Trolleyguy on July 11, 2014 at 7:37 am

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

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.

TLSLOEWS on August 9, 2010 at 11:39 am

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

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.

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

What idiot remodeled that beautiful movie theatre!

kencmcintyre on July 29, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Here is a photo circa 1940s that is being sold on eBay:

CatherineDiMartino on April 3, 2009 at 6:09 am

Per MPol’s comment above, it reminds me of the Gateway’s (Chicago—Lawrence Ave. near Milwaukee Ave.) old marquee.

MPol on December 15, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Awwww…the original marquee on this theatre was much more original-looking…and beautiful. Too bad it was altered so much, instead of keeping it the old way and then just modifying it.

JimNaureckas on August 21, 2008 at 12:39 pm

This page has some great stories told by Brando about his colorful career as a movie usher. I saw many of my first movies here—Oliver!, Doctor Doolittle, Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster and the like—but I was not aware it was so historic.

longislandmovies on November 27, 2007 at 1:04 am


Cash5YR on November 26, 2007 at 9:41 pm

The Liberty Theater is no longer a part of the Rhyan Management Company of Theaters. It was sold in June 2006 to a company by the name of “C” You at The Movies, Inc. They have done numerous renovations to the building as far as decorating the interior and improving the exterior. They have improved the theater interiors both in the lobby and the auditoriums. They have also improved the parking lots and painted the building. As for the Grayslake Drive-In that was also part of the RMC chain but was sold and demolished for commercial expansion 10 years ago or so. The Antioch was also part of the RMC along with the Dunes, McHenry Indoor and McHenry Outdoor. These theaters however are still in operation and managed by “C” You at The Movies.

GrandMogul on February 7, 2007 at 11:18 am

It’s hard to believe that in obscure Libertyville, far removed from the glamor and glitz of Hollywood, a world premiere of a major Hollywood film took place—-but a premiere did take place at the Liberty theatre (seating capacity 700) in 1942, during World War II—-the following news item will explain:

Chicago Tribune, Thursday, September 24, 1942, p. 16, c. 7:


Residents of Libertyville in Lake county [population 3,900] stepped out last night on a duel mission. With all the panoply of Hollywood repeated they saw the world premiere of a new movie, “Desperate Journey,” starring Errol Flynn, and they bought war savings bonds to the amount of $65,000 or more.

The town had already purchased more than $110,000 of the bonds and the new total of $175,000 brought a compliment from Gov. Dwight H. Green, who was present.

CatherineDiMartino on January 16, 2007 at 6:17 am

The Dunes Theatre in Zion, IL is a part of this chain (RMC). But there seems to be another RMC chain doing business in Effingham, Jacksonville, and Streator, IL and Waterloo all in Illinois. I was trying to find a website for the Dunes and the Liberty and all I found was a site for the above mentioned cinemas. The RMC website I found, wasn’t even updated—it said that all information for showtimes, party room rentals, etc., was “coming soon.”

A website shows that the Grayslake Drive-In and the Antioch were both RMC’s too.

Broan on December 3, 2006 at 6:35 pm

Here are photos of this theater.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 5, 2006 at 2:26 pm

It certainly was better the old way. But even that 70’s look it sports now is kind of cool. Reminds me of a lot of buildings that were around when I was a little kid.

Patsy on February 12, 2006 at 4:06 pm

I just visited Cinema Tour and looked at the photos there of this theatre that should never have been changed and thus lost its unique charm!

Patsy on February 12, 2006 at 11:49 am

“At some point, the Liberty lost its Moderne facade, including the vertical sign, and compared to the original, the current one is rather plain.” You can say that again!

Patsy on February 12, 2006 at 11:48 am

While surfing the CT site I came upon your theatre in Libertyville Illinois. I was looking at the b/w photo then found another photo in a 9/17 post. I think I see a big difference in that the original photo showed smooth decorative tile with a rather neat art deco vertical marquee. What happened? And thanks for providing your email address.

Cash5YR on September 16, 2005 at 1:27 pm

I am a manager at The Liberty Theater and yes the adress is 708 North Milwaukee Ave. If you have any more questions pertaining to the theater I’ll be happy to answer them, E-mail me at

julietm on August 27, 2005 at 4:16 pm

Marlon Brando briefly worked here before being fired!

toons042000 on September 17, 2004 at 9:12 am

Do you know where I could get a photo of the outside of your theatre?
Thanking you,