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The Catlow Theater

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Address: 116 W Main St, Barrington, IL 60010-3010
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+1 847-381-0777

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Go HeRe!

Of you like history go to this place as early as you can. It oozes history. You can easily imagine this place 80 years ago, with live entertainment. Not many of these places... read more

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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Of you like history go to this place as early as you can. It oozes history. You can easily imagine this place 80 years ago, with live entertainment. Not many of these places exist. Go for the experience, hopefully you like the movie.

Thank JohnScpa
chicago, United States
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We went to see an interesting movie. Had great sandwiches beforehand. Enjoyable evening out with my honey!

Thank Jennifer T
Barrington, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017

You will love this historic small town theater. Come on in and enjoy a show - the price is right and each time we've attended, we've been greeted by the owner as he sold us our tickets. I like the fact that it's a one show theater - no booming and shaking from the surround-sound next door. If you are... More 

Thank Tracee P
Barrington, Illinois
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65 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Watch excellent movies in comfortable seats, among your friends and neighbors (who understand movie etiquette) ... on the cheap! Add Baloney's wonderful sandwiches next door and you have a very special experience. Simply the BEST.

Thank falca191
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

This iconic landmark has been and will be in my heart forever. It's architecture, ambiance and location are wonderful. But the best part of the Catlow is the owner. Tim (and his partner Roberta who sadly passed away recently) cares about people, the community and serving both. Grab a meal at the adjacent Baloneys sandwich shop and bring it in... More 

Thank Heidi S
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

An historic locally owned movie theater that's had it's seating and sound system updated for quality movie viewing. Ticket prices are $7 and $6 for some weekend shows. Charming Bavarian decor. Adjoining restaurant, Baloney's, serves a variety of generous sandwiches, salads, hot dogs and soups. A great combo for movie night out!

Thank ThumbsUpBarrington
Barrington, Illinois
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Just went to see Lion at the Catlow on Sunday evening. This is a great old theatre which has been made better with new digital film technology, seats and sound system. The prices for the movies as well as concessions are wonderful, and its a great place to spend the evening. To complete the experience, go to the adjoining Boloneys... More 

Thank pattyjasinski
Fox River Grove, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Very cool old school theatre that has been updated with digital film technology. If you can get tickets to the Oscar Short Film event - do it! It's fantastic. DK

Thank Don K
Barrington, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Recently saw Manchester By The Sea at The Catlow. Great historic theater with modern sound system and digital video. Best popcorn around!!

Thank Darlene K
Barrington, Illinois
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

excellent movie theater comfortable seats have gone here through out the last 20 years have always been satisified

Thank diana g

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