Pearl Theatre

18-20 First Street,
Highland Park, IL 60035

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 8, 2007 at 1:34 am

The Pearl Theatre opened in 1910 and closed in 1931. It only screened silent movies, never converting to ‘talkies’.

Hugh
Hugh on September 8, 2007 at 1:18 am

The Pearl Theater was located on First Street, between Laurel and Central. Opposite the train station. I remember that our familily went to a double-feature there in the mid 1940s.

I was told at the time that it was owned by Mr. Pearl, who also owned the Alcyon (now the Highland Park.) And that the zoning laws said there could be no more than two theaters in town. Each time someone would consider opening a second one, Mr. Pearl would open the Pearl for aa short run, until the crisis was over. I believe it was torn down in the 1950s or 60s, and I think a car dealer was put in its place.

Hugh Spencer