708 N. Milwaukee Avenue


Libertyville, IL 60048
Date of Construction: 1937
Architectural Classification: No Style (altered)
Survey Area: Downtown Libertyville

Building name
Liberty Theater

Ground Floor Use
Theater

Upper Floor Use
N/A

Current Occupant
Liberty Theater

Zoning
C-1

Number of Stories
1

Property Index Number
1116303001

Within Local District?
No

Local Dist Contrib/Non-Contrib?
NC

Local Landmark?
No

Year


Local Landmark Eligible?
No

Criteria


NR District Contrib/Non-Contrib
NC

Within District?
No

NR Landmark?
No

Year


NR Eligible?
No

Criteria


Alternate Address?


Category
Building

Condition
Good

Integrity
Major alterations

Current Use
Recreation and Culture - theater

Historic Use
Recreation and Culture - theater

Secondary Structure


NR Second


Architectural Classification
No Style (altered)

Details


Other Year
1968

Date source
Illinois Digital Archives/ Permit

Wall Material (Current)
Brick

Wall Material 2 (Current)
Wood

Plan
Rectangular

No of Stories
1

Roof Type
Flat

Roof Material
Not Visible

Foundation
Concrete

Porch


Window Material
Metal

Window Material 2


Window Type
pivot

Window Configuration
Multi-light

Significance


Historic Features
Part of historic marquee remains over main entrance to theater

Alterations
Theater extensively altered in 1968--vertical marquee partially removed/covered with vertical wood and wood siding; most windows along side bricked in; replacement front entry doors

Old Address (city dir.year


Building Moved?


Moved From


Original Owner


Original Architect


Architect Source


Builder


Surveyor
LR

Surveyor Organization
Ramsey Historic Consultants

Survey Date
May-June 2016

Survey Area
Downtown Libertyville

Old Address


Date of Construction


Moving Permit #


Date Moved


Building Permit #


Date


Building Permit Description


Cost


Original Owner Occupied?


Exterior Alteration Permits
4765 (12/26/1968)--remodel theater front ($25,875.00); 88-655 (10/25/1988)--remodel interior lobby area

Other Permit Information


COA Info


Historic Info
Information included with 1950s photo of Liberty Theatre on Illinois Digital Archives (photo and information provided by Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society and Cook Memorial Public Library)--

"Located on North Milwaukee and Newberry Avenues, the Liberty Theatre opened its doors on August 27, 1937. The owner, Fred W. Dobe, first polled the community to determine whether or not Libertyville was satisfied with the existing moving picture facilities on the second floor of the Gridley Building. When Mr. Dobe was convinced that the area would support a modern theatre, he proceeded with plans for the building. At the time of its opening, the Liberty was admired for its ultramodern design, 700-seat capacity, parking lots and air conditioning. Actor Marlon Brando was employed as a theatre usher for a short time, when he lived in Libertyville between 1939 and 1941. The marquee on this post card reads, "Cary Grant & Katharine Hepburn in 'Holiday' and Comedy and Latest News."

Other Sources
Historic photograph from the 1950s on Illinois Digital Archives (in collection of Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society and Cook Memorial Public Library)--

http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/ref/collection/cookmemo11/id/121

http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cookmemo11/id/1252/rec/1

Assessor's photograph from the 1970s on Illinois Digital Archives (in collection of Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society and Cook Memorial Public Library):

http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cookmemo11/id/6671/rec/4

Historic Info Compiler
LR

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