York Theatre

150 N. York Street,
Elmhurst, IL 60126

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jimmyu on June 19, 2022 at 6:16 pm

This was a second run theater for years, but switched to first run movies sometime in the 90’s.

ScrappyCoco on July 27, 2020 at 5:39 am

As of late 2019 all auditoriums have heated recliners with dual motors, one to recline, and one for the power headrest. Also, they converted two screens to XQ their premium large format “Xtreme Quality” with 50+ foot microperf matte white screens, Christie CP4440 RGB laser projectors, ultra high-contrast lense, DTS:X 24 channel immersive sound. They have also added alcohol sales to their offering.

Sam_I_Am on March 16, 2018 at 12:57 pm

I grew up going to this theater. From the late 1950’s to the last time I was there in 2001. Speaking of 2001, the York is where I saw the premier of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968.

DavidZornig on July 8, 2016 at 5:16 pm

Apparently the York Theatre is losing a longtime upstairs tenant.


zas650 on July 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I like the theatre; saw “The Hunger Games” there.

TLSLOEWS on April 27, 2010 at 11:17 am

NIce marquee shot.

TLSLOEWS on November 23, 2009 at 11:58 am

Nice pictures, love all that neon, glad to see thats its still up and running.

telliott on August 5, 2009 at 10:25 am

Wow, thanks MM….that’s a lot of additions. Still, it’s nice that the theatre is still operating in this day and age.

MustangMike on August 5, 2009 at 9:38 am

There were multiple additions to the York. The original theatre was split into 3 auditoriums (now numbered 3,4,5). An addition was put on the north side of the original theatre adding two screens where the candy store and parking lot were. Then a 2 screen addition was put on the south side of the original space (where Leonard’s had been). These were larger stadium seating houses. Then the addition on the north side was remodelled. Tearing down one auditorium and encompassing the rest of the parking lot behind the stores. This gave 3 more stadium seating houses. Later improvement to the 3 auditoiums in the original space included light lock entrances for the 2 closest to the main lobby. It also included converting #4 (the front half of the original auditorium) to stadium seating.

telliott on May 22, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Were the new additions added on to the north side of the original theatre? Towards W 2nd St.? Just trying to figure out from satellite shot which parts of the buildings make up the 9 screens.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on April 23, 2008 at 9:26 am

Yeah, let’s go with “street”. Google seems to prefer that, as well.

Thanks for your input, Lost and BWChicago!

Broan on April 23, 2008 at 9:13 am

Technically, yes, but north and south of downtown, York Street is York Road, which is contiguous with Elmhurst Road (which is Main Street within downtown Mount Prospect). Similarly Miner Street in downtown Des Plaines is also Northwest Highway and Route 14.

Broan on April 23, 2008 at 8:44 am

It’s on York Road, named for York Township, incorporated in 1839 and named by settlers hailing from New York.

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on April 23, 2008 at 8:20 am

Many theaters around the country are named YORK! What is the origin of this name and why on theaters????

HowardBHaas on April 23, 2008 at 8:19 am

So this website is now a “Punch & Judy” show, a public feud between Warren & Lost Memory?

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 23, 2008 at 7:56 am

I may regret getting in the middle of this. But: why do you care Warren? I think most photographers would be happy to have significant numbers of people viewing their material. And, for those who have concerns, I’m pretty sure there is a way to set those albums to private.

Instead of posting angry messages here, why don’t you use your time to email the guy who posted the picture above and inform him of the crime that has taken place. If he cares, he can defend himself.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on April 22, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Warren, linking to copyrighted images is okay. Please stop bugging people about this.

These links are perfectly okay from a legal point of view, and there’s no policy against making such links on Cinema Treasures.

And I’m sure Flickr doesn’t mind the traffic we give them either.

Broan on April 22, 2008 at 1:56 pm

That’s really not how copyright works, Warren. You couldn’t republish it or anything, but there are extremely few circumstances where you would not be able to link to a page. Direct linking to images is a little iffier. But there’s no reason Ken wouldn’t be allowed to do what he did here. It would be different if he were to download it and upload it elsewhere, or print it in a publication, or some such.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on October 4, 2006 at 12:29 pm

I had a chance to visit the THSA museum, which is above the York, today. If you are ever in the area, it is a place worth checking out. They have a collage of newspaper articles on the Woods Theatre’s (which was the last in the Chicago Loop—until the “Siskel” opened up) closing.

I mentioned to one of the staff members how much I disliked the new electronic marquee on the York. It reminds me of an electronic scoreboard and I don’t beleive it fits well with the rest of the York’s exterior. She mentioned that I was not alone in this belief. Supposedly, the mayor of Elmhurst dislikes it too!

On another note, the City of Elmhurst has placed mini steam locomotives “on parade” in downtown Elmhurst. Sort of like when Chicago did “Cows on Parade” a few years ago. At least one is movie-themed. It has both “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with an image of Johnny Depp and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” with an image of Gene Wilder.

Broan on July 20, 2006 at 1:51 pm

LED Marquee, eh? How unique.

MustangMike on July 20, 2006 at 1:49 pm

The Classic Cinemas York theatre history page has been changed to

Broan on April 24, 2006 at 7:31 am

Just got this in my email… I believe they removed one of the two screens added in 1993 in the storefronts and expanded into a new wing, making the York a 9-screen complex. Pretty remarkable! I suppose they’re running out of room to expand any further though.

Opening Friday, April 28, just in time for Mission: Impossible 3, The Da Vinci Code, and the rest of the summer blockbusters, the York Theatre is now bigger and even better with 9 screens offering more movie choices, all digital sound, and more stadium seating.
The new wing, with new auditoriums 7,8,9, will feature a series of
original art panels, by local artists, depicting “Lost Elmhurst”.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 21, 2006 at 6:37 pm

I had to attend a banquet in Oakbrook this evening, which meant that it wasn’t particularly convenient for me to take I-88 home (my usual practice). Instead, I took York Road north to pick up the Tristate. I have never seen the York Theatre lit up at night. WOW! Does it ever enhance downtown Elmhurst.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 5, 2006 at 6:41 am

If you are in Elmhurst during business hours the THSA has a little museum in their space above the York Th. entrance. It’s worth seeing. You can also do theatres-related research, for a fee, in their extensive archives there.