680 Lee Street,
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The Echo Theatre, Des Plaines' first movie house, opened around 1910, and was located on Lee Street. It sat just over 650. The Echo was remodeled in the mid-30s, but closed by the mid-40s. Its main competition, the Des Plaines Theatre, which opened in 1926, was located nearby, on Miner Street, and was larger and more ornate than the old-fashioned Echo.
After closing as a movie house, the auditorium was later razed and replaced with offices, while the lobby and stagehouse portions of the former theater still remain. The former lobby is today used as a meeting space for an investment company. A new downtown Des Plaines branch of the post office has recently opened in one of the former storefronts flanking the old theater lobby.
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