Lincoln Theater

1656-8 Chicago Road,
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

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Previously operated by: Great States, Publix

Architects: Henry L. Newhouse

Previous Names: Lincoln-Dixie Theater, Lincoln Playhouse

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Lincoln Theater

Opened on June 23, 1921 as the Lincoln-Dixie Theatre. The opening movie was William Farnum in in “The Spoilers”. It was part of the Publix Great States chain and featured vaudeville and occasional musical revues. It was closed in 1970 and was left vacant to be boarded up following a fire. It was demolished in February 1972.

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Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

JudithK on August 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Make an appointment with one of the staff at the Chicago Heights Public Library; their archives are extensive (they have a room dedicated to their work in the past). It is not open to the public, hence the need to make an appointment.)

thetzel on May 25, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Btkrefft – any chance I could get a scan of that Tribune page? My father moonlighted as the manager of the Lincoln and was there for the adult entertainment period. He has great stories from there and I know he would get a kick out of seeing one of the ads. A couple of times he took us to the theater while he worked around the place – I fell in love with movie palaces on one of those days. For there record, the only movie he ever took me to at the Lincoln was The Sound of Music, opening week, a private showing! I remember the projectionist was an older guy named Tony (of course I was only 8 so by older he may have been all of 30!) – he would send home his wife’s homemade meatballs for me. :–)

RickB on August 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Address for the Western Lincoln matches that of the Marcus Cinema Chicago Heights.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Tinseltoes, that Boxoffice article was a good find! I forgot all about going to the Marcus Cinema Chicago Heights when it was a two screen, they just keep adding and adding to it!

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 9, 2012 at 7:37 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Victorgan on August 2, 2014 at 7:50 am

The original Lincoln-Dixie Kimball 2/7 Theatre pipe organ still survives today, with great thanks to Gary Rickert! He saved the organ and installed it in his home. Over the years, he preserved and enlarged it, all in the Kimball style, to 3 manuals / 15 ranks. Last year, he donated it to Lakeside High School in Ashtabla, Ohio and it was moved, rebuilt and re-installed by me, Vic Marsilio of Victor Organ, LLC. The instrument is alive and well in its new home.

JudithK on August 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Vic: Thanks for the update on the Kimball which originally resided at the Lincoln-Dixie Theatre. The choice to repair, preserve and expand pipe organs is a great thing to do involving a lot of sweat equity. Here’s a link to a story involving the transfer:

Allan on August 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm

Added picture showing the end of the Lincoln Theatre. It was the nail in the coffin of a vibrant downtown Chicago Heights.

DavidZornig on July 5, 2018 at 4:39 pm

April 1, 1933 print ad via George W. Albrecht. Advertised at the time as A Publix Theatre. So Publix should be added as Previous Operators.

bobconnell76 on March 14, 2021 at 7:03 am

My father was a stockholder in this and other theaters. We would go there to do head counts. We would sit in the balcony which was closed. I remember seeing “How The West Was Won” and other movies there.

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