Coronet Theatre

817 Chicago Avenue,
Evanston, IL 60202

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Circa 1975 photo credit & courtesy of Elizabeth Elwell.

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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 theater became part of the Balaban & Katz chain in 1936 and was remodeled by the firm of Pereira & Pereira. It was renamed the Coronet Theatre in 1938. The Coronet Theatre was one of the smaller of Evanston’s movie theaters, which included, among others, the Varsity, the Valencia, and the Stadium (later renamed the Evanston).

This Art Deco style movie house sat just over 800, and remained a first-run theater 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

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DavidZornig on April 12, 2009 at 6:42 am

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Life's Too Short on April 16, 2009 at 3:12 pm

All new seats, but the marquee leaves something to be desired. 1982:

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kencmcintyre on April 16, 2009 at 3:34 pm

They almost spelled it right.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 16, 2012 at 5:28 am

The principals of Pereira & Pereira, the firm that did the 1936 remodeling of this theater, were William Pereira and Hal Pereira. Percival Pereira was an older architect who was never a member of this firm.

DavidZornig on November 6, 2012 at 5:36 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 8:24 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 7:20 pm

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

Leestreet on November 6, 2015 at 2:44 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 2:59 pm

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

DavidZornig on February 23, 2016 at 6:28 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.

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