Dolton Cinema

14112 Chicago Road,
Dolton, IL 60419

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Dolton Theatre c.1988

This small movie house opened in 1913 with 300 seats. It was enlarged in the late-1940’s and closed in 1999. It now is home to a nightclub, initially called Secrets Lounge and now Deja Vu.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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carl3615 on September 12, 2007 at 5:31 pm

To add to “former Doltonite” Via the history book, “Dolton 1892-1976” the first theatre in Dolton was in Lund’s Hall (about 140th and Lincoln Ave)in 1907, showing “magic lantern” and nickelodeon fares—operated by the Hruby brothers. They opened the Dolton Theatre (correct name) in 1913, catering to movies and community gatherings. The building was rehabbed and enlarged around 1949 (forcing Riverdale’s—then—Dale Theatre out of business), and closed for a period in the late fifties. The west end of the structure has a section raised a few feet higher than the rest—this to accomdate the riggings mostly used for vaudevillian acts. A pic today: View link

kencmcintyre on May 10, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Here is an August 1948 ad from the Riverdale Pointer:

cbnight on June 4, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Here is my painting inside the Dolton Theater projection booth.

cbnight on June 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm

My painting based on my images posted by Lost Memory and Chuck 1231

I have more images from behind the screen and in the projection booth, I’ll have to find and scan them.

cbnight on June 4, 2010 at 7:47 pm

It should be available?
I turned it off at one point but it seems to be working from the above links.

TLSLOEWS on July 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Cool photos cbnight.

Beadee on July 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Only went there once as a kid. I have always loved that corner building. I miss old Dolton.

Better to be nightclub than torn down.

cbnight on November 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm

When I visited the theater in the late ‘80’s the owner said that this used to be a vaudville theater before becoming a 100% movie theater. I have some images behind the screen I’ll try to find. There were crowsnests and a full wooden stage back there.

carl3615 on September 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm

The Dolton Theatre (14112 Chicago Rd) was built in 1913 and managed by John G. Hruby, who was involved with many other theatres. As with many theatres then, it had a stage and was used for vaudeville and community events. Note the higher end of the building—that was not for the screen, but for rigging and pulleys used for stage play props. The theatre was rehabbed in 1949. I added a picture of the theatre from the 1988 era.

The original theatre in Dolton was in Lunds Hall in 1909—more a hall for community events than a true theatre and located kitty-corner from the Dolton on Lincoln Avenue.

Allan on November 8, 2014 at 3:01 am

If I remember correctly, didn’t the Dolton have a middle aisle in the middle of the theatre so patrons could cross over to the other aisles?

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