Hinsdale Theater

29 E. 1st Street,
Hinsdale, IL 60521

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Hinsdale Theater

The Hinsdale Theater was built in 1925 by local architect William G. Barfield. Complete with ornate plasterwork and a dome in the auditorium, the Hinsdale Theater was remodeled in the 1930’s and again in the 1960’s, when a rather garish marquee (since taken down) was added. A Kimball 3 manual, 28 ranks theatre organ was installed. The console came from the Senate Theatre on Chicago’s west side, and the pipes came from the Trianon Ballroom Chicago and the Tivoli Theatre, Cottage Grove.

The Hinsdale Theater closed in the late-1970’s, reopened in 1983 under the management of Classic Cinemas until 1990. It re-opened and then closed again in 1996, and was used sporadically until 1999.

In 2002, the Hinsdale Theater was leased by the Village Theatres chain, screening first-run films, but as of August 31, 2003, the theater was closed yet again.

Plans to restore the Hinsdale Theater to its 1930’s appearance by the Hinsdale Theater Foundation came to a halt due to the theater’s current owner’s lack of cooperation with the group on a number of issues. In 2004, the Hinsdale Theatre Foundation gave up on attempting to reopen the theater and it was sold to a developer who converted it into mixed retail and office space, though historic elements of the Hinsdale Theater were preserved. In 2012, it was converted into a Mexican restaurant.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 29 comments)

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

The retail establishment occupying the first floor of this building has closed.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Love the 1983 marquee shot,Great.great actor.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm

If it was converted to retail, then I assume the auditorium was gutted.

Broan on January 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

As I said, much of the plasterwork is intact. They put walls and floors in but kept as much as possible. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/ctid808/

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 31, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Looks like they split the auditorium into two floors for two tenants, and included the lobby space in the lower one. Was that how it happened Brian?

Broan on January 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Sort of. The lobby end seems to have been destroyed for the store that’s now there, and the stage end is separated and operates as a bar & restaurant.

Broan on February 8, 2011 at 6:49 pm

it was parted out

Broan on February 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I understand the console went to australia, a number of the pipes went to a project in england, and others remain in storage

CSWalczak on October 24, 2012 at 12:22 am

The former theater will now house a Mexican restaurant called Cine. View article.

madorganplayer on April 29, 2016 at 11:00 am

Some sets of pipes went onto the Pipes in the Peaks Compton in Derbyshire England

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