Lake Theatre

1022 Lake Street,
Oak Park, IL 60301

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Lake Theatre

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This classic theatre in the western suburb of Oak Park is one of the best examples of an Art Deco style movie palace in the Chicago area. It opened in 1936 with a seating capacity of 1,464.

Unfortunately in 1985, the large single-screen auditorium was triplexed, but some of the original elements were retained.

In the mid-1990s, the Lake Theatre expanded to seven screens by extending into a former retail space next door.

The sleek, neon-lit marquee and facade have been relatively untouched.

The theatre has two auditoriums equipped with digital projection and 3D.

The Lake Theatre contains artifacts from theatres of another era. Wall sconces from the Colonial Theatre in Marengo, IL. Statues from the Marlboro Theatre in Chicago. Musician busts from the Southtown Theatre in Chicago. The lobby chandelier and an exit sign from the Will Rogers Theatre in Chicago.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Jodi Akers

Recent comments (view all 48 comments)

ncmark on March 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm

This is a great theater that does good business. I like the sympathetic subdivision of the original theater and the use of old theater artifacts in the new construction. The original bathrooms were recently remodeled and I was surprised that they took out the old fixtures. The finished product looks like any new bathroom anywhere. I loved the old urinals that went to the floor. I wish they had left them alone. Old fixtures are fine as long as they are kept clean.

CinemarkFan on April 13, 2009 at 10:11 am

I still haven’t gotten the chance to get down here yet. Does anyone know what the new seats from the remodel are like?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 16, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Here are two 1982 photos:



CinemarkFan on May 19, 2009 at 10:16 pm

I haven’t posted this yet, but

I got around to visiting this theater a few weeks ago to see “State of Play”. Wonderful theater. The decor & leather seats are really something. I plan to go back there and see “Angels & Demons” thursday. I emailed them earlier, and got the seat count.

The Lake has 1,676 seats. Aud #1-191 seats, #2(main auditorium) 529, #3-125, #4-150, #5-195, #6-196, and #7-290 seats.

To those that are tired of the mega-chains’s overpriced tickets and parking, visit The Lake. You won’t regret it.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 8, 2009 at 1:15 am

Here is a more recent photo.

TLSLOEWS on December 26, 2010 at 3:02 am

Great looking marquee and Vertical.

rivest266 on June 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I uploaded the grand opening ad from April 9th, 1936 in the photo section of this theatre.

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