PM and L Theatre

877 Main Street (Route 83)
Antioch, IL 60002


About Us:
P.M.&L. Theatre is a non-profit, community-based volunteer organization located in downtown Antioch, IL. Each yearly season contains six shows ranging in style from musical to comedy to drama. PM&L Theatre has entertained audiences and offered opportunities to local actors and actresses for over four decades. Shows and art exhibits were given for the benefit of the Antioch Women's Club, Lake County Mental Health Group, and various P.T.A.s. In 1963 the group was offered the opportunity to rent the Lakes Theatre (originally named the CrystalTheatre, constructed circa 1914*) on Main Street. With the added responsibility of maintaining a theatre and putting something on the stage with some regularity, it was decided that membership should be broadened to include general members. The response was gratifying. P.M. & L. moved into the theatre, which is its home today, and with few exceptions has not looked back since. In fact, in 1982, the group (with some trepidation) purchased the building.

A play reading committee makes tentative play selections prior to each new season. The slate is then reviewed, approved or changed by the board of directors. There are approximately eight weeks between auditions and opening night and then the show runs for three consecutive weekends. If you asked anyone who has been involved in any aspect of a P.M. & L. show to describe their experience, most would probably say it had been a lot of work but, also, a lot of fun.

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