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

Our vision

The Wilmette Theatre is the premiere multi-arts and performance center anchoring the downtown business district by providing vibrant entertainment, education and enrichment for the community. We are a 501(c)3 not for profit organization so all donations are fully tax deductible.

What we do for the community

Unique Programming

We screen movies that are not shown elsewhere in Chicago, host speakers and live events attracting patrons from a wide geographic area.

A Boost to the Local Economy

Over 20,400 patrons pumped an estimated $1.4 million into our local economy in 2014. We don’t receive any government funding but pay about $40,000 per year in property and sales taxes.

Community Support

We provide a venue for events for many nonprofits, independent film makers and community organizations. We donate hundreds of movie ticket packages to other nonprofit organizations.

Life Changing Education

Actors Training Center is the premiere school for young actors in the Chicago area.

The Wilmette Theater needs your support

Donors and sponsors to cover about 30% of our operating expenses, as well as needed building repairs and renovations. Among other things, we hope to replace all the seats in one of our two theatres – and have received a generous grant from the Jerome Mirza Foundation to start that project.

Stop in and say hello, join us for events, put your name on our mailing list and by all means share your ideas and suggestions. We’re here to serve and support our community. We hope you’ll support us, in return. Donations can be made on-line below or checks payable to the Wilmette Theatre Education Project can be mailed to:

1122 Central Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091