York Theatre

150 N. York Street,
Elmhurst, IL 60126

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York Theatre

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Built in 1924 and designed by architect Elmer F. Behrns, the York’s interior and exterior were updated in 1938 by architect Roy B. Blass in Art Moderne style and the seating capacity in the single screen was for 1,100. It was equipped with a 3 manual, 10 rank Barton theatre organ.

When Classic Cinemas bought the old York Theatre in 1982, they carved three theatres out of the original auditorium. Unlike much of the twinning and triplexing across the country, Classic Cinemas managed to save many of the historic elements of the original one screen theatre.

During the later renovation, the interior of the auditorium was returned to its original aesthetic. In 1993, the York added two more screens when Classic Cinemas bought the adjacent building and incorporated two new screens into the York. In 2004, the number of screens was increased by two more, and two years later, another two screens were added, bringing the total number of screens at the York to nine. A tenth screen was added on November 16, 2011.

Today, seven of the ten screens are stadium seated, and three auditoriums have digital projection and 3D. The York Theatre once again has a pipe organ, which is located on a lift in the original orchestra pit. It is a Barton, 2 Manual 7 Rank, which came from the Rialto Theatre, Champaign, IL. There are a number of artifacts which have been rescued from other historic theatres. THSA (Theatre Historical Society of America) is headquartered at the York Theatre and have their office and museum located on the second floor.

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telliott
telliott on May 22, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Were the new additions added on to the north side of the original theatre? Towards W 2nd St.? Just trying to figure out from satellite shot which parts of the buildings make up the 9 screens.

MustangMike
MustangMike on August 5, 2009 at 9:38 am

There were multiple additions to the York. The original theatre was split into 3 auditoriums (now numbered 3,4,5). An addition was put on the north side of the original theatre adding two screens where the candy store and parking lot were. Then a 2 screen addition was put on the south side of the original space (where Leonard’s had been). These were larger stadium seating houses. Then the addition on the north side was remodelled. Tearing down one auditorium and encompassing the rest of the parking lot behind the stores. This gave 3 more stadium seating houses. Later improvement to the 3 auditoiums in the original space included light lock entrances for the 2 closest to the main lobby. It also included converting #4 (the front half of the original auditorium) to stadium seating.

telliott
telliott on August 5, 2009 at 10:25 am

Wow, thanks MM….that’s a lot of additions. Still, it’s nice that the theatre is still operating in this day and age.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 23, 2009 at 11:58 am

Nice pictures, love all that neon, glad to see thats its still up and running.

jwballer
jwballer on December 26, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Organ is in theatre 4

jwballer
jwballer on January 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm

A 3/10 Barton was installed in the theatre in 1924

jwballer
jwballer on February 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Heres a photo of auditorium 4
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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 27, 2010 at 11:17 am

NIce marquee shot.

jwballer
jwballer on August 24, 2011 at 11:48 am

Theres a 10th screen supposed to open by the holiday season

zas650
zas650 on July 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I like the theatre; saw “The Hunger Games” there.

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