Glenwood Theatre

18255 S. Halsted Street,
Glenwood, IL 60425

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Previously operated by: Village Theatres

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02/08/12 photo courtesy of Anthony Pratscher

This theatre opened on February 18, 1966 with Hayley Mills in “That Darn Cat”. It was a single screen auditorium with around 1,000 seats. It was later divided into four screens. It was last operated by the Village Entertainment chain, but was closed in 2008. It was demolished in February 2012.

Contributed by Paul Fortini

Recent comments (view all 41 comments)

JudithK on October 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I agree, Paul. The building materials and blocky design are similar.

Beadee on October 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I’ll take some photos tonight on my way home and post soon.

JudithK on November 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm

The owner of record got what sounds like a fair settlement ($480,000 for a very depressed property) but it must have been terribly expensive to operate, and maybe it was highly taxed as well. From this point things should move forward. Sorry about the end of this story; it should have ended better.

JudithK on December 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

As of December 28, 2011 the Glenwood Theatre is still in place; no sign of demolition preparations can be seen from the street.

MaskedRider29 on February 8, 2012 at 2:17 am

As of February 7, 2012, the theater is currently being demolished :(

It’s really sad because my grandfather help build it, and my mother worked there when she was a teenager. Both of them are passed on now, so I’m glad neither had to witness what became of that theater. I added a picture of what it looked like the other day.

JudithK on February 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I finally drove by the Glenwood Theatre today; all is down but the foundation. It really looks like it was built very well. What a shame that a better effort was made to update it and keep it going.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on August 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Great demolition photo. On the other hand too bad this theatre couldn’t have been saved. I’ll bet it would have done well as a second run house.

moax429 on August 31, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Sorry to hear this theater has now been demolished.

My family and I moved to Glenwood from Lansing, Michigan in June 1978 and the first movie I saw at this theater was the original Star Wars (Episode IV – A New Hope) during its first rerelease in 1978. The last film I saw at the Glenwood was Raiders of the Lost Ark when it was rereleased in December 1982; five months later, my family and I moved to New Jersey. (after we moved to Jersey, it was through a movie listing in the Chicago Tribune I read the Glenwood became a quad.

rivest266 on March 14, 2022 at 6:43 pm

this opened on February 18th, 1966. Grand opening ad posted.

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