Barrison Theatre

3 N. Sheridan Road,
Waukegan, IL 60085

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Previous Names: Sheridan Theatre, Bijou Theatre

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....Barrinson's before Bijou

The Barrison Theatre was a turn of the century theatre which opened in December 1907. It was a conversion of a former livery stable and was located next to the Waukegan Carnegie Library which had been built in 1903. It was still named Barrison Theatre in October 1913 when it was advertised as playing on stage the Petticoat Minstrels in “Everything New”. Some sources state it was renamed Sheridan Theatre in 1911, and later that year it was renamed Bijou Theatre and it was closed in 1913). Maybe the Sheridan/Bijou screened movies and it went over to live shows in 1913.

The building was demolished in 1987.

Contributed by Thomas S Johnstone

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50sSNIPES on July 5, 2022 at 9:10 am

Miss E. Mohrmann and Joe Howard signed a five-year lease for a livery building off of Sheridan Road on November 25, 1907 which Mr. Joseph E. Howard has accompanied by former Manager Takacs of the Schwartz Theatre nearby. The former livery stable was converted into the Barrison Theatre, which had a frontage of 70x46 (planned for 70x100 beforehand), a 18x35 stage with a 22x16 opening, and an original capacity of 540 seats (planned for 800 beforehand). Howard and Tekacs left Waukegan for Chicago on C&NW before the people behind the Waukegan News-SUN or real estate men had a chance to whether they intended to build up the former store. The Barrison Theatre opened less than a month later in December 1907 after various waitings.

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