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The Catlow Theater

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Address: 116 W Main St, Barrington, IL 60010-3010
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The Real Old Fashion Neighborhood Theatre

When you arrive, it seems like everyone in line knows each other. There is a real neighborhood feel. The popcorn is good, but the sandwiches you can get from Balonies and take to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 February 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

When you arrive, it seems like everyone in line knows each other. There is a real neighborhood feel. The popcorn is good, but the sandwiches you can get from Balonies and take to your seat are amazing. The one big screen and full movie house is the way movies were meant to be. The price of tickets are a lot... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

Great theatre experience. Historic décor with the added benefits of modern projection and sound. Price is inexpensive and is never overcrowded.

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Thank Katherine V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016

This theatre has a long history which includes designs by Iannelli, a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, and is a local landmark.

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Thank madeline p
Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

If you like the old style movie Theaters you will love this place. They have redone the place with new seats, new sound, and new Video but left the old style which makes it so much better than the typical big show places. With old school prices and real food at real prices. This is a great Place and would... More 

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Barrington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

enjoy going there, reminds me of when I was a kid going to the movies. plus the bonus of bring in dinner from the deli next door

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Thank Russell W
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

Beautiful architecture, modest prices for tickets and concessions and a smaller venue makes this experience so much lovelier than the mega-mall multi theatre chaos. The deli next door has delicious fare that you may bring into the theatre for lap top tray dining during your show.

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Thank jeanlouise15
Inverness, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

This reminds me of several suburban theaters that existed when I was growing up. It has a warm, friendly environment and the staff is so welcoming and pleasant! The movies are current, and you can bring in dinner from the attached restaurant, Boloney's if you choose. The pricing is great too! Love going there.

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Thank Patti O
Deer Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

The Catlow is not just a movie theatre it is an experience. Start by picking up a sandwich from Baloney's (amazing) right in the lobby, and they'll bring it to your seat. Popcorn is fresh and always good. The movie theatre itself has a lot of charm.

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Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015 via mobile

Lots has been written about this classic theater and rightly so. It's a pleasure to step back in time with the surroundings AND the price.

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Thank Andrew C
Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

Nostalgic theater revamped. fr the last 30 years, at least, you could have dinner while you watched the movie. AMC does it now, but this was in the 8o's or so. First run movies. New larger and stadium seating. Great architecture. Park behine theater.

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