Des Plaines Theater

1476 Miner Street,
Des Plaines, IL 60016

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Broan on February 9, 2017 at 10:07 pm

Not that I’ve ever seen. Very little is known about the organ.

JonasClark on February 9, 2017 at 9:53 pm

Does anyone have the list of pipe ranks which were in the Geneva organ originally installed at the Des Plaines?

tntim on September 21, 2015 at 1:25 am

This link is to the May 12, 1928 issue of the “Exhibitors Herald and Picture World” that has pictures and an article about the Des Plaines Theater. View Link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm

This article from the suburban Daily Herald, dated August 25, 2014, says that the Des Plaines Theatre was closed due to violations of the building code. The owner of the theater would like to reopen but is seeking funds from the city to make repairs. Two other potential operators are also interested in reopening the house, including the operator of the Arvada Theatre in St. Charles, but at the time of the article no deals had been made. I haven’t found any more recent articles.

(My apologies for the broken HTML in the version of this comment I posted yesterday, which turned the comment box into a link. I usually check after I’ve posted a comment, but that one I missed.)

Khnemu on April 12, 2015 at 4:18 pm

This theater has been closed since January 2014.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

The principals of Pereira & Pereira, the firm that did the 1935 remodeling of the Des Plaines Theatre, were William Pereira and Hal Pereira. Percival Pereira was an older architect who was never a member of this firm.

DavidZornig on November 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm

A note to Cinema Treasures Admins. It has not been possible to access links that are embedded within posts, since the website makeover. Is there something that can be done to correct that?

samgreco on November 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm

New website is up at Photos from the grand opening will be up in a few days.

It was nice to see it “de-twinned” Friday night.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Restoration in progress:

Account of the reopening:

As one who remembers the theatre as a dingy twin in the 80’s this is fantastic to see. I salute the effort and hope it serves the community for years to come.

Broan on November 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm

There are some on the Revitalize Des Plaines facebook page. We’re working right down to the wire, but I’ll be sure to post some next week.

whtesoxfan56 on November 9, 2011 at 7:31 am

I’m really looking forward to the fact this will be reopening on Friday. I’m very glad it’ll no longer be a twin theater, a la what occurred with the Portage.

Hopefully, pics of the renovated interior emerge somewhere online…

jwballer on February 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Gotta be careful with the renovations.

Broan on February 8, 2011 at 3:12 am

That was nothing. It was totally contained within the furnace room; I stopped in later that day and it was already vacuumed up. I wouldn’t have known anything had happened unless someone told me. Literally just a dirty furnace.

TLSLOEWS on November 21, 2010 at 3:54 am

Thanks Lifes too short.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 15, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I remember going to the Des Plaines when I was a little kid. At the time it was a twin second run theatre. It was dark. It also had a strange shape (like all such conversions): graceful curve on one side, straight wall on the other. I remember a few plaster details covered with one color of paint. But that was the only vestige of the old days. If you can say anything about the 70’s & 80’s it is that twin conversions kept some of these places from being demolished long enough for alternative uses to arise.

I honestly didn’t think anything good was going to happen here, based on what I perceived to be the attitude of the owner. But it seems like better days may be ahead.

CSWalczak on October 31, 2010 at 2:07 am

An article about the renovations: View link

Broan on October 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm

View link This blog post of mine should have pretty much whatever you want.

ERD on October 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm

While I know it may sometimes be difficult to get, I wish more photos of the interior of the theatres should be posted on Cinema Treasures.

Broan on October 26, 2010 at 4:25 am

Work has begun to return the Des Plaines Theatre to a single screen.

Broan on October 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Certainly not – as a matter of fact, View link

0123456789 on October 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Is this theatre torn down?

WHALER66 on October 1, 2010 at 4:50 am

I never understand it when someone takes ownership of a theater
and just lets it go totally into the toilet.

Broan on October 1, 2010 at 3:50 am

It is used on a rental basis.

WHALER66 on October 1, 2010 at 3:45 am

Are you sure that the Des Plaines is still in operation because
I passed by about two weeks ago and there was newspaper covering
the doors and the marquee had some PSA type of message on it.
Place looks extremely neglected from the outside.