Wilmette's entertainment destination, offering top quality first run and art films and a variety of live theater, concerts, comedy, and kids' shows.

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Where in the world can you see films from Asia, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Africa and India? Where can you see films made for women by women?
The Wilmette Theatre shows quality movies that you can't see anywhere else. We rely on donors and sponsors to cover about 30% of our operating expenses, as well as needed building repairs and renovations.

Please consider a donation to the Theatre to keep our vibrant programming alive and growing.  Our system only allows us to set up fixed amount donations.  If you would like to donate a different amount please contact the Theatre at info@wilmettetheatre.com or call our office at 847-251-7424.  Checks can be mailed to:  Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette, IL  60091.

Buy Tickets - Saturday, December 31 @ 11:59PM

Conversations with Weigel: Thomas John

Conversations With Weigel:  A Series Exploring Spiritual Enlightenment

Jen interviews Thomas John 

Back by popular demand – journalist Jenniffer Weigel interviews Thomas John, the Manhattan Medium, author of "Never Argue With A Dead Person – True and Unbelievable Stories from the Other Side." Enjoy a fascinating conversation and interact with this well-known medium making a rare appearance in the Chicago area.  Thomas will answer audience questions and conduct selected readings.  These programs sell out so buy your tickets early!

Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door.


Buy Tickets - Thursday, July 28 @ 7:00 PM

Buy Tickets - Thursday, August 18 @ 7:00 PM

A Special Showing : Norman Lear Another Version of You with a Talk Back Jeff Griggs

Friday August 5 at 7:00 PM
Special Screening of Norman Lear:  Just Another Version of You with a talk back by Jeff Griggs.  
Jeff is the author of the book Guru; My Days with Del Close and teaches History and Analysis of Modern Comedy at Columbia College and Episodic Narrative for The Harold Film School. He also is a Director-At-Large for Second City Theater. Most recently, he directed Red, White and Blaine at IO Theater and The Soap Box Derby King at the Annoyance Theatre, along with several productions for the Second City Training Center and the Second City Theatricals.. He has performed for Second City on numerous NCL Cruise Ships in Second City's Game Night and at the IO Theater.  He is a faculty member in the training centers for Second City and IO Theater.


Buy Tickets - Friday, August 5 @ 7:00 PM

Big The Musical

Big is a perfect show for audiences of all ages! Josh Baskin is sick of being awkward, out of place, undervalued, and unseen as a teenager. At a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine to become “big”.  To his shock, his wish is granted and he is forced to dive into a world that he is not quite ready for.  Leaving his worry sickened parents behind as they search for their baby boy, Josh battles to secure a foothold in an adult word.  He secures a job, spends his first nights on his own in the big city and experiences the pangs, obstacles, and decisions of love.  In the end he discovers there’s much more to being an adult than he’s bargained for, and learns we must all grow up at our own pace, in our own time.   

Tickets $15 in Advance  Tickets $18 at the Door


Buy Tickets - Saturday, August 6 @ 1:00 PM

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Buy Tickets - Sunday, August 7 @ 4:00 PM

Friday Funnies at the Mette

Friday Funnies at the Mette

Come laugh with some of Chicago's hottest local comedians, hosted by Jenniffer Weigel.
No two shows are ever the same. Don't miss the fun.
Tickets $15 for 1 or 2 for $25 in advance.
$20 at the door.

Live stand up comedy


Buy Tickets - Friday, August 12 @ 8:00 PM

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Buy Tickets - Friday, October 7 @ 8:00 PM


The Wilmette Theatre will host a fun and soulful evening of music and story telling hosted by Stephanie Rogers featuring six storytellers. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

Audience goers will enjoy an evening of soulful songs with a live band, fun stories and lots of laughs during this one-night only STORY JAM. STORY JAM is a lit-live music show featuring personal true stories of award winning Chicago area storyteller-performers. Stephanie Rogers serves as emcee and singer-songwriter.


Buy Tickets - Saturday, August 27 @ 8:00 PM

Conversations with Weigel: Michael Bodine

Michael comes from a family of mediums and psychics. He has been giving psychic readings since he was a child and is well known for doing ghostbusting with his sister Echo and son Blake. His clients range from celebrities to financiers and dog walkers.  His book, "Growing Up Psychic:  From Skeptic to Believer" is a humorous look at growing up in a psychic family.
Enjoy this fascinating conversation that will also include Michael giving readings to the crowd.
Tickets $25 or 2 for $35 in advance, $30 at the door.
Note that if you are purchasing 2 for $35 only enter the quantity 1 on the purchase page.

Buy Tickets - Friday, September 16 @ 7:30 PM

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Under the Stars

Skip whatever you had planned and take the night off!  Enjoy refreshments in the historic Wilmette Theatre before heading out to the theatre's "back yard" parking lot for one of the finest films of our time . . . under the stars. Revisit Ferris' famous North Shore haunts.
A live auction will feature unique experiences at the Theatre and elsewhere.  The proceeds will benefit the Wilmette Theatre.

$100 per person includes Chuck Wagon favorites, wine and beer.  A portion of the ticket price will be tax deductible.

Buy Tickets - Saturday, September 24 @ 6:30 to 11:00 PM

Conversations with Weigel: Jen interviews Caroline Myss

Conversations With Weigel:  A Series Exploring Spiritual Enlightenment

Unblock The Flow of Energy in Your Life and Reveal Your True Destiny with 
Best-Selling Author and Energy Healer Caroline Myss
Audience members will listen as Caroline talks about the engagement of the soul in our health and healing, which we experience through exploring our seven shadow passions, our seven inherent graces, and learning how to work with the mystical laws that govern them. She tells us it is this knowledge that holds the key to understanding what it means to defy gravity and break through the boundaries of ordinary thought.  You can heal any illness. You can channel grace. And you can learn to live fearlessly.
Thursday October 20 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

Buy Tickets - Thursday, October 20 @ 7:00 PM

Parking: You’ll find plenty of easy, free parking in Wilmette’s Village Center. In addition to no time-limit, on-street parking in the evening, there are parking lots across from and behind the Wilmette Theatre. Also within a short walk are parking lots behind Village Hall and the Metra Commuter Lots that are free and available in the evenings and weekends.