Hinsdale Theater

29 E. First Street,
Hinsdale, IL 60521

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Hinsdale Theater

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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.

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 38 comments)

jwballer
jwballer on January 19, 2011 at 12:57 am

did they gut the auditorium

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm

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

Broan
Broan on January 20, 2011 at 9:22 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 9:24 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
Broan on February 1, 2011 at 4:24 am

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.

jwballer
jwballer on February 9, 2011 at 2:48 am

what happened to the organ

Broan
Broan on February 9, 2011 at 2:49 am

it was parted out

jwballer
jwballer on February 9, 2011 at 3:02 am

Has it been re installed anywhere else?

Broan
Broan on February 9, 2011 at 3:17 am

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

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 24, 2012 at 8:22 am

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

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