Bensenville Theatre

9-15 Center Street,
Bensenville, IL 60106

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Bensenville Theatre

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This theater was opened as the Center Theatre in 1925 originally seating 400 (now reduced to 260). It has an elegant Neo-Classical/Palladian style facade with four sets of pillasters below a large pediment and a trio of arched doorways (today the theater is actually entered through an adjoining ice cream parlor).

The Bensenville Theatre was twinned a number of years ago, and today presents second-run Hollywood features at bargain prices.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

MovieMan26
MovieMan26 on January 22, 2004 at 7:46 am

I go to this theater alot because I live in bensenville now. It’s A “cute” little theater with A killer ice cream parlor. I hear that they are going thought some problems thou. I read in the bensenville newsletter that the theater was losing money and was scheduled to close…but I haven’t seen no changes yet and the theater is still open.

P.S. I hope it dosen’t close because I really like this theater.

ellenem
ellenem on September 23, 2004 at 8:23 am

I do hope this theater doesn’t close. My husband I just bought a condo within walking distance and the theater is one of the main attractions in the area.

Broan
Broan on April 2, 2006 at 2:05 pm

It opened October 17, 1925 and cost $90,000 to build. It originally seated about 400, and had a Barton organ. It contained “unusual light fixtures” and was “uniquely plastered”.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 29, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Tickets are still only $3, if you don’t mind sitting through “Speed Racer”:
http://tinyurl.com/68mmam

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Here is a January 1948 ad from the Daily Herald:
http://tinyurl.com/q625st

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on November 11, 2009 at 5:53 am

Here’s one of my pictures of the Bensenville Theatre from a couple years ago.

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jwballer
jwballer on March 30, 2010 at 2:16 pm

A 2/3 Barton was installed in the theatre in 1925.

GFeret
GFeret on November 19, 2012 at 10:59 am

i’m on their email showtime mailing list. i like this place and’ll insist here there is nothing to dislike about it (OK bensenville has a little ways to go for becoming a nightlife hotspot). almost a ‘where have you been all my movie-going life?’ theatre choice.

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