Lincoln Theater

1656-8 Chicago Road,
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

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LINCOLN Theatre; Chicago Heights, Illinois.

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Opened in 1921 as the Lincoln-Dixie Theater.

Any further information on this theater please?

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JudithK
JudithK on October 24, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Never got into the Lincoln-Dixie Theatre.

hitherandyon
hitherandyon on November 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Sweeping, wide stairways on both sides leading to the balcony, yards upon yards of burgundy red velvet drapery,
art deco through and through. The Lincoln was my very favorite movie theatre. It was magic and beauty…at least that’s my memories of it.

Avorio73
Avorio73 on April 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

is there any one who might still have any photos taken from the inside of the lincoln theater? my father grew up going to that theater as a kid and it would be great getting something like that for him.

JudithK
JudithK on August 4, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Make an appointment with one of the staff at the Chicago Heights Public Library; their archives are extensive (they have a room dedicated to their work in the past). It is not open to the public, hence the need to make an appointment.)

thetzel
thetzel on May 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Btkrefft – any chance I could get a scan of that Tribune page? My father moonlighted as the manager of the Lincoln and was there for the adult entertainment period. He has great stories from there and I know he would get a kick out of seeing one of the ads. A couple of times he took us to the theater while he worked around the place – I fell in love with movie palaces on one of those days. For there record, the only movie he ever took me to at the Lincoln was The Sound of Music, opening week, a private showing! I remember the projectionist was an older guy named Tony (of course I was only 8 so by older he may have been all of 30!) – he would send home his wife’s homemade meatballs for me. :–)

RickB
RickB on August 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Address for the Western Lincoln matches that of the Marcus Cinema Chicago Heights.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Tinseltoes, that Boxoffice article was a good find! I forgot all about going to the Marcus Cinema Chicago Heights when it was a two screen, they just keep adding and adding to it!

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Victorgan
Victorgan on August 2, 2014 at 10:50 am

The original Lincoln-Dixie Kimball 2/7 Theatre pipe organ still survives today, with great thanks to Gary Rickert! He saved the organ and installed it in his home. Over the years, he preserved and enlarged it, all in the Kimball style, to 3 manuals / 15 ranks. Last year, he donated it to Lakeside High School in Ashtabla, Ohio and it was moved, rebuilt and re-installed by me, Vic Marsilio of Victor Organ, LLC. The instrument is alive and well in its new home.

JudithK
JudithK on August 2, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Vic: Thanks for the update on the Kimball which originally resided at the Lincoln-Dixie Theatre. The choice to repair, preserve and expand pipe organs is a great thing to do involving a lot of sweat equity. Here’s a link to a story involving the transfer: http://www.atos.org/new-kimball-theatre-organ-ashtabula-oh-high-school

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