Hinsdale Theater

29 E. First Street,
Hinsdale, IL 60521

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madorganplayer
madorganplayer on April 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 24, 2012 at 3:22 am

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

Broan
Broan on February 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm

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

Broan
Broan on February 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm

it was parted out

Broan
Broan on January 31, 2011 at 11:24 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.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 31, 2011 at 4:24 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 January 20, 2011 at 4:22 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/

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Love the 1983 marquee shot,Great.great actor.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm

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

Broan
Broan on January 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Much of the plasterwork is intact.

William
William on September 30, 2010 at 3:08 pm

This theatre was equipped with a Norelco AA-2 (70MM/35mm) projector and a Dolby CP-100 sound system.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 11, 2009 at 4:25 am

Here’s an article about the Hinsdale and its history, including a picture from the time it housed summer stock productions:
View link

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 11, 2008 at 10:10 pm

There is a circa 1978 photo on page 27 of this survey:
http://tinyurl.com/6pgkls

GFeret
GFeret on November 28, 2007 at 12:15 pm

Terrible outcome—I’ll miss this charming old hardtop. Took my kids there many times, even tho we’re NW Chicagoans; my oldest son was fascinated by their pipe organ. Probably saw there MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (#1).

Broan
Broan on November 5, 2006 at 6:30 pm

Updated Russell Phillips link:
Hinsdale Auditorium

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on May 17, 2006 at 4:08 pm

What happened to the organ after the place was converted to retail?

barryr
barryr on February 8, 2006 at 8:40 pm

I remember seeing some really good films at the Hinsdale—“Patton,” “The Poseidon Adventure,” and a double feature of “MASH” and “The Paper Chase” to name a few. This is going to sound weird, but one of the things I liked about the Hinsdale was that the restrooms were right in the back of the auditorium. You didn’t have to go out to the lobby to get to them. In fact, you could still hear the soundtrack of the film while “taking care of business.” It was nice, because—as long as you could still hear dialogue—you didn’t feel like you were missing any of the movie!

I recently moved back to the Hinsdale area and frequently drive past what used to be the theater. It’s a retail outlet now; the new facade suggests that it used to be something other than a store, and I have to admit it’s quite attractive—but I miss checking that marquee to see what’s playing as I cruise past!

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on November 13, 2005 at 8:16 pm

I walked by here today. Nothing remains to indicate that this was a movie theatre. However, it does look better than what was the Varsity Theatre in Evanston, IL (which is now a Gap store with a facade that looks like it was grafted onto the building). At least they did a good job converting the theatre.

reiermann
reiermann on July 12, 2005 at 10:29 am

Only was here once; however, what a movie! Abel Gance’s Napoleon. Turned out to be one of my all time favorite movies. It was cool seeing it in a theater built during the same era as when the movie was made.

Broan
Broan on June 9, 2005 at 4:13 am

Here is a 1985 photo of the auditorium, Of the lobby. Does anyone know what became of the organ? I saw it up fr sale on theatreorgans.com once, but I never heard where it sold to.

Broan
Broan on October 30, 2004 at 3:30 pm

Here’s a link with photos of the theatre. View link

RonGreene
RonGreene on March 2, 2003 at 5:18 pm

Hinsdale Theater is in fact open at this time. Today, 3/2/03 they are showing “Rabbit Proof Fence” –

How do they – or you – update your information? Their phone # listed in the paper is 630-986-9494. Signed, a community patron Rev. Ron Greene