Times Theatre

36 S. Genesee Street,
Waukegan, IL 60085

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Previously operated by: Bernstein Theaters

Previous Names: Valencia Theatre, Teatro Azteca

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Times Theatre

Another downtown Waukegan movie house, down the block from the Genesee Theatre. Formerly the Valencia Ballroom which opened on December 31, 1926. It was converted into the Valencia Theatre, opening on March 30, 1935 with Kermit Maynard in “Wilderness Mail” & Ray Walker in “City Limits”. It had 900-seats. In 1938 it was renamed Times Theatre. It went from first-run to adult films in the 1970’s before closing.

It was used as a “haunted house” for Halloween during the 1980’s, and later as a church for a short time.

It was demolished in the early-1990’s and the site remains vacant today.

Contributed by Keith Smith, Bryan Krefft, James Young

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

richardportalatin on February 9, 2004 at 2:17 pm

The building was torn down in the early 90’s now just a vacant lot.

hanumaven on July 8, 2006 at 7:45 pm

Does anyone know who owned this theater or where I might be able to get a picture of the Times? My father and his brother used to go there every Saturday in the 1940s.

ronnie21 on December 15, 2014 at 9:14 am

its amazing how alot of theaters that show X rated movies, turn into churches..

DavidZornig on August 20, 2016 at 4:47 pm

Circa 1938 photo added courtesy of Daniel Patch‎.

50sSNIPES on July 5, 2022 at 11:58 am

The Valencia Ballroom opened on December 31, 1926.

It became the Valencia Theatre on March 30, 1935 with Kermit Maynard in “Wilderness Mail” (listed as a World Premiere) and Ray Walker in “City Limits” with no extra short subjects. It had an original capacity of 900 seats.

It was renamed the Times Theatre in 1938.

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