Forest Theatre

7526 Madison Street,
Forest Park, IL 60130

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rivest266 on June 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

This was opened on August 28th, 1920 by the Ascher Brothers. I uploaded its grand opening ad here.

Moviebuffwcs on May 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I’m positive the theater was torn down in the summer of 1963. I remember driving by with my mom on Des Plaines Ave. seeing the seats all exposed during the demolition. My family went there quite often, I particularly remember seeing “The Ten Commandments” there when the a/c wasn’t working. We felt like we were there in the desert with Moses.

dsadowski on July 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm

The latest display ad I have found for the Forest Theater in the Chicago Tribune archives is dated February 16, 1961. They were running a double feature of “7 Hills To Rome” and “Houseboat.” So this is probably about when they closed. My mother says she went to see a movie there with my Dad when they lived in the area in the early 1950s. I currently live about a block away from where the theater was (there is a McDonald’s there now).

kencmcintyre on May 10, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Here is a May 1956 ad from the Forest Park Review:

ctheatrics on March 11, 2009 at 6:12 pm

I am looking for photos, drawings, ground plans, remembrances etc. of the Henry L. Newhouse Forest Theatre 7526 Madison street, Forest Park, Illinois. I am located in NYC. Thank you.
Craig Jacobs

Broan on November 28, 2005 at 11:32 am

Henry L. Newhouse was announced as architect in the Chicago Tribune, March 2, 1919, pE23

Trolleyguy on January 9, 2005 at 12:16 pm

This was a nice place to take a date in the 50’s. Clean and comfortable. Now, a McDonald’s stands on the spot.