116 W Main Street

Barrington, IL 60010

Phone: (224) 634-7880

Catlow Arts Center

We had planned on transitioning The Catlow into a live music/performing arts center/art gallery, as well as continuing with movie presentations. Our goal was to repair and rejuvenate the Catlow Building from the basement to the roof. The theater will turn 95 years old this May 28th and is in need of tender, loving care and newly required Village of Barrington safety-code updates to keep The Catlow in operation.. 

This transformation would have been a tremendous boost for the Barrington community as well as all of our surrounding areas. The Catlow has so much to offer, just as it did in the past. It would be ideal to see it return to the splendor that this auditorium could provide for everyone.

As it stands now, by village order, our cinema has lost its “grandfathered” status and all presentations will be closed until further notice. We have some very costly upgrades that need to be in place before we can reopen to the public. It doesn’t appear that we will be able to cover all of these expenses, so we are seeking an alternative plan at this time.

Thank you for all of your support over the years,


Established 1927

Twitter @catlowtheater

The Catlow Is An Alfonso Iannelli Designed Landmark

Listed on The National Register Of Historic Places

We have other things happening here to help pay our bills in the mean time:

Your Name In Lights!

We are renting out our Catlow marquee by the day for your messages. Great for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Organizations, Memorials, Marriage Proposals, Holiday Greetings - or to merely give a shoutout to someone you care about… whatever you desire. The message board is available for all days of the week and weekends. The weekends are going fast, so book your date soon!
224-634-7880 for more information or to book your message.

Check Out Our New Online Gift Shop

We have selected some beautiful, high quality items featuring The Catlow and Boloney’s logos on them. We are using print-on-demand to handle the creation and shipping of these items, so our profit margin is very low - but we are sure you will find them to be fun to own. All sales help us reach our goal. Please check them out online!

Go to: https://www.catlowshop.com

Boloney’s Sandwich Shop Recipe E-Book

Here is the link:
BOLONEY’S BOOK  - FYI - since we’ve been asked so many times… yes, it includes our world famous Turkey Salad recipe.

We are eager to have parties here again!

Check back for info about Private Parties or Get Togethers!

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