Forest Theatre

7526 Madison Street,
Forest Park, IL 60130

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Khnemu
Khnemu on July 30, 2017 at 12:50 am

From The Film Daily of August 19, 1937:

JACK MILLER TO BE ACTIVE IN FOUR ILLINOIS THEATERS

Chicago — Back in the film business, Jack Miller will be active in the operation of the Plaisance, the Lido and the Savoy theaters in Chicago and the Forest at Forest Park. He reports that the Forest theater will be completely rebuilt from plans by the architect Roy Blass, with work starting at once. The house will have 1,100 new General Seat Co. deluxe seats, new rest rooms and a complete new interior.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm

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

Moviebuffwcs
Moviebuffwcs on May 13, 2012 at 4:34 am

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
dsadowski on July 15, 2011 at 12:36 am

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
kencmcintyre on May 10, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Here is a May 1956 ad from the Forest Park Review:
http://tinyurl.com/qdneum

ctheatrics
ctheatrics on March 12, 2009 at 1:12 am

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
Broan on November 28, 2005 at 7:32 pm

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

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on January 9, 2005 at 8:16 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.