Illington Theatre

2118 W. Cermak Road,
Chicago, IL 60608

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Illington Theatre

Located in the Pilsen neighborhood, the Illington opened in 1916 on 22nd Street (now Cermak Road) at Hoyne Avenue.

After closing sometime in the 60s, the building was converted to retail use and today serves as a dollar store.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Adella1 on January 4, 2007 at 9:06 am

This was our theater. I grew up in this neighborhood, we could watch 100 cartoons for a quarter. why does Chicago tare down our beautiful theaters, Chicago is not Chicago anymore our theaters were so beautiful, look at what they did toi the Woods and Chicago Theater and all them closed and torn down. this is sad, now you have to go to a shopping mall and sit in a ugly building with no class at all. GC

Yves Marchand
Yves Marchand on July 7, 2009 at 2:24 pm

A recent visit revealed that the original (and relatively plain) ceiling still exists behind the store’s added ceiling :
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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I suspect it looked much more elegant with proper paint application.

Broan on March 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm

The “Y” symbol is known as the Chicago Municipal Device, a symbol of the city of Chicago.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Seems to me I learned in the Chicago Public Schools that the “Y” is the for the Chicago River that splits into the North and South Branch.

chiportland on February 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I grew up in Pilsen in the 50’s and 60’s. We used to go to the Illington on Saturday mornings or Saturday afternoons. I remember that when it closed one of the movies that were advertised in its Coming Attractions display was for “The Guns Of Navarrone”. We didn’t know the theatre was closing for good.and used to walk by waiting to see the movie. It was a great old neighborhood theater as was the Milo just off Blue Island and 18th. The neighborhood was not the same after it closed.

ktsmith2557 on March 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Saw “Land of the Pharaohs” there. My dad worked at The Little Flower Shoppe just around the corner at 21stbPlace and Leavitt. Wonderful memories just visiting this site!

Broan on March 1, 2017 at 12:26 am

Margaret Illington was a popular stage actress who took her odd stage name from her hometown of Bloomington, Illinois.

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