Catlow Art Center
116 W. Main Street,
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A classic neighborhood movie theater with a truly unique architectural blend.
Named for its original owner, a local businessman named Wright Catlow, this Tudor Revival/Jacobean-inspired theater opened on May 28th, 1927. It was designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Betts & Holcomb.
The main historical feature of the Catlow Theater is the interior design by renowned sculptor & designer, Alfonso Iannelli, who collaborated with such famous architects as Frank Lloyd Wright, Barry Byrne, Purcell & Emlslie, and Bruce Goff. (More historical information on Iannelli available at the Catlow website.)
The Catlow Theater featured movies and live acts on its stage from 1927 to 1933. Some of the famous artists appearing there include Gene Autry, Sally Rand – the fan dancer, and Red Norvo. The theater changed over to a movies-only format by 1934.
In 1988, the Catlow Theater added the convenience of in-theater dining via the adjoining Boloney’s Sandwich Shop. The following year, the Catlow Theater was placed on the National Register Of Historic Places.
The Catlow Theater was the first theater in Illinois to have a website (1995) and one of only a handful in the country to have one at the time.
The Catlow Theater was still in operation and still showing movies. Its mid-run features are just $4 a seat. It was “Closed until Further Notice” in December 2019. It was reopened on January 10, 2020 with Emma Watson in “Little Women”.
The owners are currently in negotiations with the Village of Barrington to purchase the theater for use as a Community/Performing Arts Center.
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