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Hinsdale Theater


2003 Photo from the Adam Martin collection
29 E First St
Hinsdale IL 60521

Closed
Record #6310  
 Opened: 1925
 Closed: 2003
 Current Use:
 Demolished:
Capacity:
Architect(s): William Barfield
Architectural Style(s): Renaissance Revival
National Register:
Current Organ: 3/28
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Village Theatres

The Hinsdale Theater was designed by local architect William Barfield and built in 1925. With its terra-cotta fašade, the theater has served Hinsdale and its neighboring communities as a cinema, live theater, concert hall, and vaudeville house.

In 1998, the theater shut down and was nearly turned into a retail store when the Hinsdale Theater Commission was formed to try and save it. The theater is operated by Village Theaters in 2003, and is soon to be converted into a performing arts center for the community, with drastic changes to the building's interior. The 540-seat auditorium will be shortened to become a more intimate stage theater with about 350 seats on the orchestra level and a balcony (which was in the original plans but never constructed) will be added with seating for about 150. The lobby will be moved to the center of the first floor, currently the rear portion of the auditorium, and the current lobby will be converted into a cafe. On the second level, in addition to the new balcony for the main auditorium, a second screening room will be constructed to seat about 70. Restrooms, concessions, and additional lobby space will also be added upstairs.

The theater closed in September 2003 and the renovation has been put on hold while differences between the group attempting to restore the theatre and the building's owner are worked out.

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February 2003 photos from the Adam Martin collection.


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2003 photos from the Norman Plant collection.


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Last featured 10/9/2003. Last edited 11/5/2005.

 
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