Prospect Theatre

118 S. Main Street,
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

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zebtheamerican on August 9, 2017 at 1:58 am

I was the Projectionist at this theater in the 80’s. The booth had Motiograph 35mm projectors, 20 minute reels with Motiograph carbon arc lamphouses. The sound system was made by Motiogaraph as well, and had mercury tubes. I had to show up at least 20 minutes early to warm them up, an hour in the winter (THE BOOTH WAS COLD!!!). The one speaker was an Altec “Voice of the Theater” model. The theater was located on 83 half a block south of Central across from the library, and was so close to the road I could hear and feel semi-trucks as they rumbled by. The woman with the red hair was named Helen and she was the manager there for many years, she was my friend. The owner was Leo Marubio, nice guy. The theater had a small curved stage that the screen sat on, and the back 8 rows were raised kind of like stadium seating today. We ran “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” for a while on the weekends and I would pay a friend of mine to run the booth as I dressed up as Frank-N-Furter and performed in front of the screen. True story, I’m weird.

DavidZornig on December 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm

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

kencmcintyre on May 20, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Here is a December 1968 ad from the Daily Herald:

DavidZornig on May 20, 2009 at 5:02 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.

DavidZornig on May 20, 2009 at 4:46 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.

kencmcintyre on May 19, 2009 at 11:10 pm

The Mt. Prospect theater mentioned previously was advertised in this June 1983 issue of the Daily Herald:

Chronos on May 14, 2008 at 11:29 am

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 on January 19, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Here are two ads for the Prospect, as well as a photo from later days:

kencmcintyre on September 25, 2007 at 3:32 pm

Here is a March 1960 ad from the Arlington Daily Herald:

Broan on March 9, 2005 at 6:12 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.

billymac72 on September 23, 2004 at 7:37 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!

billymac72 on September 13, 2004 at 10:26 am

No. It wasn’t that one (Morton Grove ended as a second-run theater right?? I remember that place). I could’ve sworn the theater I’m thinking of was located in Mount Prospect, but this defintely isn’t it. I think I should check a Chicago Trib from the 70s & see which theaters were in operation.

Broan on September 12, 2004 at 11:02 pm

Morton Grove maybe?

billymac72 on September 1, 2004 at 9:30 am

Not sure if this is the theater I remember. I know I saw “Star Wars,” “Clash of the Titans” & “Tron” at some theater in this area. I thought the picture would clinch it, but it doesn’t. Was this a General Cinema?? Did it have a marquee near the front of the parking lot? I seem to remember playing in the gravel/rocks at its base? This listing says it was a single screen, so I don’t think this was the one. Anyone from the area know what I’m thinking of?? It’s not Palwaukee, Deerbrook, Golf Glen, Golf Mill, Old Orchard, Twin, or Edens.