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Encore Theatre Posters

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Encore

Scope and Content of the Collection

Posters comprise the bulk of the collection, with productions ranging from “Bye Bye Birdie” to “Pajama Game”. An info file with photocopies of brochures, alumni lists, and photographs is available in Special Collections.


  • Creation: approximately 1960-1970



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Encore Theatre Posters are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Encore Theatre Posters are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

History of Encore Theatre

Old Town non-professional theater specializing in musical theater and comedic plays. Encore Theatre began as the Theatre Club of the Lawson YMCA. In 1960, the founders decided to split away and start a new theater company with a focus on training amateur theater talents and producing entertaining productions.

Their first location in River North on 641 North Clark was built out of a former strip club, with cast and crew repurposing the space as a more crowd-friendly theater. After a few years at that location, Encore’s directorial staff made the decision to move to a new location in Old Town. In 1963, the company moved to 1419 North Wells and rehabilitated the building. Company members contributed heavily with both their time and finances to ensure that Encore Theatre could continue its community work.

While the company eventually folded, Encore alumni hosted reunions for years afterward.


2 Linear Feet (1 oversize box)


Posters from Encore Theatre, an Old Town non-professional theater that produced musical theater productions year-round during the 1960s while training aspiring actors, crew members, and directors.

Collection Stack Location

1 16 5


Gift of Douglas McDonough, 2017.

Processed by

Lisa Hartman, 2017.

Inventory of the Encore Theatre Posters, approximately 1960 to 1970, bulk 1961-1965
Lisa Hartman
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States