Glen Art Theatre

540 Crescent Boulevard,
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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GLEN Theatre, Glen Ellyn, Illinois in mid-May of 1980.

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The Glen Art, formerly a single screen theater seating nearly 1000, opened in the early 20s. It was designed in the Tudor Revival style, along with the storefronts on either side of the three-story building. The architect was William B. Betts of Park Ridge, Illinois, who also designed a number of other movie theaters in the Chicago suburbs. Originally, the Glen not only featured motion pictures, but live stage acts, as well, and contained a Barton organ.

Today, the exterior remains fairly similar to its original appearance, except for a later marquee, and its vertical sign long since removed. The interior, however, has been heavily altered.

This downtown Glen Ellyn landmark remains a favorite destination today, and now screens an eclectic mix of first-run Hollywood fare, art, foreign, and classic features. The largest of the Glen Art’s four auditoriums, seating about 220, has Dolby sound.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 24, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Here is another marquee shot for the marquee aficionado.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 29, 2008 at 10:27 am

This is a December 2008 close-up.

jwballer on January 28, 2010 at 1:47 pm

A 3/10 Barton was installed in the theatre in the 1920’s

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2010 at 5:49 pm

What a horrible movie"MONSIGNOR" we played it first run,but wasn’t charging $1.50 a seat like GlenArt was doing.

Broan on May 30, 2011 at 9:06 am

@jwballer Apr 29, 2010 – That is a different Glen Theater.

Aaron77 on January 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm

This theater was featured in the film ‘'Lucas’‘ (1986) Starring: Corey Haim & Charlie Sheen.

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