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

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DavidMoreau
DavidMoreau on April 30, 2006 at 2:04 am

In the late seventies, I lived in one of the small apartments above the Glen. Just before film time the smell of popcorn would waft through the building. The projectionist’s booth was a short walk across the flat roof. In the theater’s basement was a small shuttered bowling alley. That arrangement reminded me of the old Villard theater in Villa Park, designed by the same people, Betts and Holcomb.

furdougie
furdougie on May 9, 2006 at 11:13 am

whar are the seating arrangements like at this theater? spread out? close together? arm rests?

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on January 17, 2007 at 3:35 pm

A scene in the movie “Lucas” (1986) was shot outside with 2 clear shots of the marquee and also inside one of the theaters.

jwballer
jwballer on January 28, 2010 at 11:47 am

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2010 at 2:49 pm

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

Broan
Broan on May 30, 2011 at 6:06 am

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

Aaron77
Aaron77 on January 15, 2013 at 11:16 am

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

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