Prospect Theatre

118 S. Main Street,
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

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1999 demolition photo courtesy of the Growing Up In Mount Prospect Facebook page.

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Small second run local movie theatre, the Prospect Theatre opened in 1951. It was closed in 1991 and torn down as part of a downtown revival initiative in 1999.

Contributed by Ray Esquibel

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billymac72
billymac72 on September 23, 2004 at 10:37 am

Yes! Thank you Bryan. At least that’s a confirmation. That’s exactly where it was. I’m pretty sure it was on Rand & Golf, or Rand & Central. There was a batting cages across the street. I’ll check the website you recommended and one of these days get around to checking the Trib archives like I said. Thanks again!

Broan
Broan on March 9, 2005 at 9:12 pm

This is the new URL for the photo of the prospect’s demolition.

The Mount Prospect Cinema billymac refers to was located at Rand & Central. It was a triplex and is now the Bristol Court Banquet Hall, 828 East Rand Road.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 25, 2007 at 6:32 pm

Here is a March 1960 ad from the Arlington Daily Herald:
http://tinyurl.com/326kdz

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 19, 2008 at 9:46 pm

Here are two ads for the Prospect, as well as a photo from later days:
http://tinyurl.com/yvn8pr
http://tinyurl.com/25b3cz

Chronos
Chronos on May 14, 2008 at 2:29 pm

I remember that the last movie to show there was Kindergarten Cop. April of 1991. It was there the last 2 weeks and I saw it the first week there. I remember that the woman who sold the tickets had red hair and I assume was part of the Rocky Horror that was done there fromt ime to time.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 20, 2009 at 2:10 am

The Mt. Prospect theater mentioned previously was advertised in this June 1983 issue of the Daily Herald:
http://tinyurl.com/pjqvg3

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 20, 2009 at 7:46 am

FYI. Just noticed the 1984 picture shows “Prospect Theatre” spelled with the “RE”. Not sure if that means updating the header/bio or not for accuracy.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 20, 2009 at 8:02 am

Apparently there is no CT page yet for the Mount Prospect Cinema at Rand Road & Central Road, whose ad is pictured in ken mc’s May 19th post.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 21, 2009 at 12:06 am

Here is a December 1968 ad from the Daily Herald:
http://tinyurl.com/rbrkr8

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Spelling should be changed from Theater to Theatre per the 1984 photo posted by Lost Memory on 05/16/09.

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