DuPage Theater

109 S. Main Street,
Lombard, IL 60148

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Du PAGE Theatre demolition, Lombard, Illinois.

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Opened on July 28, 1928, the DuPage Theater was the creation of the Midwest Paramount Theatre Corporation. This movie palace was designed by R.G. Wolff, who was associated with the Chicago architecture firm of Rapp and Rapp, which is recognized as the foremost theater architectural firm in American history.

The DuPage Theater was one of the rare Atmospheric style theaters first conceived by famed architect John Eberson. Using a combination of architectual features and special lighting effects, the theatergoer was transported to an outdoor Spanish garden setting with twinkling stars covering a lovely patio. In theaters like the DuPage, the building and its special lighting effects were as much a part of the show as the entertainment presented onscreen and onstage.

The DuPage Theater played host to all the great classic films, as well as featured live entertainers such as Gene Autry, Pat Butram and George Gobel. It was also a favorite location for live radio broadcasts of such popular shows as the National Barn Dance.

In May of 2007, after years of controversy and struggle, the battle was lost by its supporters for keeping the DuPage Theater from the wrecking crew, and was torn down to make way for future development of the site.

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TrueClass on November 28, 2005 at 12:51 pm

I think HDTV would like to read about how other preservationists can avoid the same fate as the Lombard group did. If you would like to know what happened, got to www.lombardvillagevoice and click on message boards.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 28, 2005 at 1:21 pm

For the benefit of those of us who aren’t in the loop: what has transpired?

raymond on November 28, 2005 at 1:37 pm

The lawsuit filed by the friends of the Dupage Theatre, the Lombard Historical Society ,and the Illinois Preservation Society against the village of Lombard to stay the demolition of the Dupage Theatre for 6 months was denied today in court.The judge found for the defendant{the Village of Lombard}
A dark day indeed.

TrueClass on November 28, 2005 at 2:15 pm

Duper Dude,
What is your next move? There is a guy trying to tear down his treehouse on Maple Street. It has been there for years. Can you stop him.

jwballer on June 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Unfortunate that they tore this building down. Site is still empty.

malicedoom on June 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

R.I.P. DuPage Theater.

musicformovies on October 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Here is a slideshow of various interior shots – http://youtu.be/BFkpeGFqDpY

If you are the original owner of these photos please let me know; can’t even remember where I found these online.

I set them to the music of Irenee Berge, a silent film composer from the early 1900s. This version is as it would have been played by a theatre orchestra in one of the bigger movie palaces that could afford an orchestra.

RIP Dupage Theatre.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm

It’s too bad that something better couldn’t have happened here. To my knowledge the property is still a grass lot. But at least there is some measure of peace in the community now.

LKJ on September 19, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I remember going there on Saturday afternoons with free tickets we got from the Hobby Hub next door. Those were the days when a kid could leave home and walk downtown without having their parents worrying about them or setting up a “play date”.

EFRCH on August 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Does anyone have more info about the Hub Hobbies that was located in the DuPage Theater that was in Lombard, IL. If you do I am very interested to learn more about it.

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