Antioch Downtown Theatre

378 Lake Street,
Antioch, IL 60002

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LouRugani on February 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm

(Antioch News; May 25, 1961)

Fred Swanson

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. yesterday in Joliet for Fred B. Swanson, 71, of 479 Naber, prominent resident, who died Friday in Victory Memorial Hospital, Waukegan.

Fellow Masons, business acquaintances and friends paid tribute to the movie theater executive and prominent member of Masonic organizations, who lay in state at Strang’s in Antioch Saturday and Sunday, at a chapel in Chicago on Monday and Tuesday, and at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Chicago from Wednesday morning until final ceremonies.

Mr. Swanson had undergone surgery last June to have a battery-powered heart-pumping device installed in his body. He died of a heart ailment.

He was born Dec, 15, 1889 in Stockholm, Sweden, and was brought by his parents to this country the next year. The family settled In Joliet. He had lived in Gary, Ind. before moving to Antioch 36 years ago.

Before his retirement he had owned theaters In Antioch, Savanna, Joliet, McHenry, Evanston and Gary.

He was a 33d Degree Mason and member of Gary Lodge 677 F & AM; Gary Chapter 139 Royal Arch Masons;; Waukegan Commandery 12; Red Cross Constantine Premier 1; Scottish Rite Body, Valley of Chicago; board of directors, Scottish Rite Cathedral Association of Chicago.

He was a life member, Medinah Temple, Chicago; Royal Order of Justice, Court 48; honorary member Sequoit Lodge 827 AF & AM; Siloam Council 53, Royal and Select Masters of State of Illinois; Lake County Shrine Club; honorary Legion of Honor, International Supreme Council of “Order of DeMolay; Millburn Booster Club, DeMolay; Waukegan Swedish Glee Club; life member Gary Elks Lodge.

He held other high posts in Masonic organizations and was active in activities of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

Surviving are his widow, Alma; two brothers, William N., Joliet, and Oscar T., Lockport; and a sister, Mrs. John Harrington, Birmingham, Ala.

The Rev. Wallace Anderson conducted religious services at Strang’s on Sunday evening.

Interment was in Elmhurst cemetery, Joliet.

LouRugani on February 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm

(Antioch News; May 1, 1919) The Majestic Theater Moved to New Location

The Majestic theater was moved to its new location last Sunday afternoon.

The Naber store has been completely remodeled and is now as moddern and up to date a show house as will be found in much larger places.

The seating capacity is one hundred and seventy-five. A new gold fiber curtain has been purchased and was installed Wednesday afternoon by an expert from Chicago. Many changes have been made in the equipment and every effort will be made to give only first class shows.

The first play to be given in the new location is “The Greatest Thing In Life.” This is a Griffith production, and is something you can’t afford to miss. The first show starts at 7:00 o'clock sharp.

Trolleyguy on October 5, 2013 at 10:21 am

Still open at this point. The website is down but movie information is available via a recording at the phone number.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 31, 2012 at 10:41 am

Building was the Barney F. Nabor Store.

1919 remodeled into a “modern movie theater” the MAJESTIC THEATER.

July 1919 brought in two new reel machines so that a movie could be watched without interuption.

Sometime in the 1930’s the name changed to the ANTIOCH THEATRE.




1935-1945 Balaban & Katz 1950-1964 Van Nomlks ? Rhyan Theaters Present “C” You At The Movies, Inc. of Mc Henry, Illinois, Established 2003, Cynthia “Cindy” Kottke, President

More photos old and new, inside and out and more info always welcome!

From Manteno, Illinois

DavidZornig on September 29, 2008 at 11:57 pm

I just happened across the Antioch Theatre on a website called theshadowlands.

After clicking the “Illinois” link, it had a small blurb that the Antioch theatre is supposedly haunted. No pictures though.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 5, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Here is a 2008 photo of the Antioch at night.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 23, 2008 at 12:13 pm

This is another photo of the Antioch Theater.

mp775 on March 19, 2008 at 11:09 am

It is the same theater. Here is a 2006 photo.

kencmcintyre on January 19, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Here is an older photo. I’m not sure if the theater in the photo is the one described at the top of the page:

magicalgirl6 on September 8, 2005 at 4:31 pm

i have a ? when are you showing (if you are)(hopefully!!!!!!) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?


p.s. i live in Antioch and go to almost all the movies i like!!

i love the way you run things these days!!

p.p.s. if you know the times for the show please tell me.