The Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois, was built in 1927 as an upscale, motion picture venue. Local contractors spared no expense in matching it to the flourishing city north of Chicago. The faade was built from terra cotta and pressed brick and the interior fashioned from yards of tapestry fabric and marble from quarries in Italy. The main entrance, which opened into a lobby, hung with a huge chandelier. The theater opened its doors on Christmas day in 1927 with four sell-out shows for the classic film, The Valley of the Giants. An economic decline and the rise of cineplexes forced the Genesee Theatre venue to close in 1989. The city purchased the building in 1999 and began renovations to open it as a music and variety show venue. Rapper Soulja Boy used his performance at the Genesee Theatre venue to film a video. The theater has hosted shows by several performers, such as Cheap Trick and comedy by Steve Martin. Grab your Genesee Theatre tickets at StubHub.
What is the Genesee Theatre seating capacity?
The Genesee Theatre seating capacity is for 2,403 people.
Is the Genesee Theatre accessible by public transportation?
The Union Pacific/North Metra Rail is just a short walk away from the theater, and Pace Transit provides daily service. Visit their websites for schedules and pricing.
Is there on-site parking?
Guests attending Genesee Theatre events will find parking along Genesee Street. Parking is complimentary at the meters after 5:00 p.m. In addition, parking is available in the city's parking structure at 225 N. County Street. Valet parking is also available by entering from the west on Clayton Street. Both parking structures accept cash only.
Can you tell me about the food and drink offerings?
The Genesee Theatre venue has a full-service bar and packaged snacks available in the lounges. Restaurants are located within five miles for dining before and after the show.
Should I call a sitter, or can I bring the young ones along?
Children aged two and younger must be attending a show intended for children. Children over two must have a ticket and be accompanied by an adult. You can find out about the appropriateness of shows by calling the box office at 847-263-6300.
Is the Genesee Theatre a wheelchair-friendly facility?
Yes, seating for guests using wheelchairs and other mobility devices is available in the orchestra and balcony level. One guest may accompany the handicapped person.Back to Top
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