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Genesee Theatre

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Address: 203 N Genesee St, Waukegan, IL 60085-4221
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+1 847-263-6300
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Tue - Fri 12:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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The Genesee Theatre re-opened its doors on December 3, 2004 to two sold out...

The Genesee Theatre re-opened its doors on December 3, 2004 to two sold out performances of Bill Cosby, and will continue to provide the highest quality of performances including comedians, Broadway productions and national and regional musical acts. The Genesee Theatre is located in downtown Waukegan, originally a commercial port city and later an industrial center; it is now the seat of Lake County. Within short distance to Chicago and Milwaukee, and home to a culturally rich and diverse population, the city is poised for a dramatic comeback.

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Historic theatre

Completely restored historic theater. Stunning decor and amazing acoustics. Some really great shows at a reasonable cost.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Zion
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Completely restored historic theater. Stunning decor and amazing acoustics. Some really great shows at a reasonable cost.

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Thank Lisa I
Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Highly recommend this venue. Been to many others. Keep doing what you are doing. I will be back asap..cant wait.!!!!

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Thank seanyy11
Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for the 5 Star Review! We can't wait to see you back! More 

Grayslake, Illinois
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Place is great, a step back in time. Parking is cheap, lots of police, just no where to eat before the show nearby. Shows are kind of pricy too, but nice intimate theatre compared to larger venues.

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Thank davidz4871
Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of restaurants near the theater. We find that people usually eat outside of Waukegan before getting to the show. Hope to see you back at a future show real soon! More 

Waukegan, Illinois
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went to the Genesee Theatre last week and again was awed by the beauty of the theater. I know they went over budget when rebuilding it, but it was well worth it. Really beautiful work done inside with several chandeliers to add the finishing touches. Also the sound system was excellent as we enjoyed the bands.... More 

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Thank John K
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John, thank you for the 5 Star Review. A lot of love and hard work goes into our business, so we're glad you noticed - and once again had a great experience! Can't wait to have you back for Tommy James & The Shondells! More 

Waukegan, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I warn anyone buying tickets on line be sure you are getting them from the theater not a scalper. I overpaid for our tickets and was annoyed. Since we live in Waukegan and live this theater I will buy them at the box office in the future.

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2 Thank Geoffrey F
Management response:

Geoffrey, thank you for taking the time to review us. Sorry this happened and appreciate you sharing your experience to hopefully guide new ticket buyers. Hope to see you back at the theater real soon! More 

Illinois
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Genesee is a beautiful, historic building off the beaten path in Waukegan. As other reviewers have already mentioned, the interior of the building truly takes you back to the golden days of cinema, and it is lovely. The venue was perfect for the B52's vibe, and not one sightline would be obstructed as the theater holds around 2,400. Parking... More 

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Gurnee, Illinois
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Genessee is a great historic theater renovated to it's original splendor in the heart of downtown Waukegan. Tickets are easy to get online or at the box office, and the customer service person was very helpful. Ticket prices are very reasonable, there isn't a bad seat in the house. The facilities are lovely. Staff is professional. THere are several... More 

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Thank Charlie4577
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We visited the historic Genese Theater for the first time and will go there again. The audio and visual properties of the theater were very good.

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Thank Jerry O
Beach Park, Illinois
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We had our high school reunion at the Genesse Theatre and it was an awesome place. The food was great and they have excellent service. They also have great areas to take nice photos.

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Thank Marlyn J
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26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Anyone who loves the theatre should take the opportunity to see something at this restored theatre that was originally opened by Jack Benny. Various types of shows from stage shows to rock concerts to comedians can be found at this beautiful place. The city parking garage one block to the West is only $5 or they have valet parking. A... More 

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Thank Kathy B
Management response:

Thank you for the wonderful review! Hope to see you around again real soon! More 

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