109 S. Main Street,
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Architects: Rudolph G. Wolff
Firms: Rapp & Rapp
News About This Theater
- Sep 14, 2007 — Preserving Palaces Film Festival Sept. 14-15
- May 11, 2007 — DuPage Theater meets end
- Feb 20, 2007 — DuPage Theatre Key to Downtown Lombard's Revival
- Dec 8, 2006 — Demolition of DuPage Theatre gets underway
- Dec 7, 2006 — "Preserve Me a Seat" doc to screen in Alaska this week!
- Jun 6, 2005 — Lombard OKs DuPage Theatre Demolition
- May 30, 2005 — URGENT - DuPage Theatre to Face Demolition Vote
- Mar 25, 2005 — DuPage Theatre Focal Point of Lombard Downtown Plan
- Aug 11, 2004 — Village Could Decide DuPage Theatre's Fate Next Month
- Apr 30, 2004 — DuPage Theatre Gets Renovation, New Name
- Feb 9, 2004 — DuPage Theatre Restoration Moving Forward
- Oct 20, 2003 — Restoration Work Begins On DuPage Theatre
Opened on July 28, 1928, the DuPage Theater was the creation of the Midwest Paramount Theatre Corporation. This movie palace was designed by R.G. Wolff, who was associated with the Chicago architecture firm of Rapp and Rapp, which is recognized as the foremost theater architectural firm in American history.
The DuPage Theater was one of the rare Atmospheric style theaters first conceived by famed architect John Eberson. Using a combination of architectural features and special lighting effects, the theatergoer was transported to an outdoor Spanish garden setting with twinkling stars covering a lovely patio. In theaters like the DuPage, the building and its special lighting effects were as much a part of the show as the entertainment presented onscreen and onstage. It was equipped with a Gottfried 3 manual 10 ranks organ.
The DuPage Theater played host to all the great classic films, as well as featured live entertainers such as Gene Autry, Pat Butram and George Gobel. It was also a favorite location for live radio broadcasts of such popular shows as the National Barn Dance.
In May of 2007, after years of controversy and struggle, the battle was lost by its supporters for keeping the DuPage Theater from the wrecking crew, and was torn down to make way for future development of the site, which was eventually built as an apartment building.
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