Coronet Theatre

817 Chicago Avenue,
Evanston, IL 60202

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The New Main Theater, circa 1928

Originally opened in 1915 as the Triangle Theatre, it was re-named Park Theatre in the 1920’s and the New Main Theatre in 1928. The theatre became part of the Balaban & Katz chain in 1936 and was remodeled by the firm of Pereira & Pereira. It was renamed the Coronet Theatre February 19, 1937. The Coronet Theatre was one of the smaller of Evanston’s movie theatres, which included, among others, the Varsity Theatre, the Valencia Theatre, and the Stadium Theatre (later renamed the Evanston Theatre).

This Art Deco style movie house sat just over 800, and remained a first-run theatre for decades, before it began to decline in the 1970’s, due to the abundance of larger multiplexes opening up in neighboring Chicago and nearby suburbs.

It closed as a movie theatre in 1984 and was later used on and off as a concert venue, but was closed in the late-1990’s, and demolished in 2000.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 32 comments)

DavidZornig on November 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Correction to the circa 1928 photo I just posted. Photo credit should got to Barney Neuberger via Scott Greig.

Broan on August 1, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Here is a brief view of the Coronet in a Drivers Ed video, as found by David Zornig

dvarapala on June 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm

A glimpse of the Coronet is visible in the background of this painting by Walter Burt Adams.

Leestreet on November 6, 2015 at 5:44 pm

We are selling the Coronet Marquee, that was used before it was demolished. We am hoping to sell it to a collector. Contact me for information. Rosa

DavidZornig on November 6, 2015 at 5:59 pm

If I e-mail you, can you supply marquee photos I can upload to this page?

DavidZornig on February 23, 2016 at 9:28 pm

Incredible 1938 photo added courtesy of Sherry Drew. It shows the original Coronet marquee after the renaming. The W.C. Fields film showing was originally released in 1934.

rivest266 on November 11, 2016 at 4:39 am

This opened as Coronet on February 19th, 1937. Its grand opening ad in the photo section.

Broan on April 15, 2017 at 3:39 pm

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Joe Vogel on April 15, 2017 at 5:21 pm

Broan’s link goes to a photo of the Granada. I think this might be the photo he intended to link to.

DavidZornig on March 5, 2018 at 8:16 pm

1979 photo added credit Dale Wickum.

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