Experience the grandeur of the historic Pickwick Theater only minutes from the Metra Station in the heart of uptown Park Ridge. Before or after the show plan to eat dinner at Affresco Pizzeria, the Italian food and ambiance will keep you coming back.
The Pickwick Theatre is a wonderful example of Art Deco architecture, it is apparent in the building design as well as the interior spaces. If you remember the Siskal and Ebert show you will recognize the Pickwick, it served as the backdrop during the credits. This charming 82 year old theater is huge with 1400 seats. They show first run movies at great prices. The price of tickets are a bargain compared to other theaters in the area, with shows starting before 6 PM at $5.00 for adults.
Come and enjoy the ambiance of the grand old theaters, but do it soon as the Pickwick is hoping to complete a major renovation in the near future, (is this a good thing). They may not have all of the bell’s and whistles you have come to expect in newer theaters, as the Pickwick’s last major renovation was in the 60′s. You may want to check ahead and make sure the film you are seeing is being shown in the main theater as the Pickwick has three other screens, some involving stairs.
Before or after the show head over to Affresco Pizzeria/Lounge. This Italian eatery has a full menu that changes daily, depending on the best fresh produce available . Everything here is made fresh including the pasta, sauces, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses and pizza dough. The pizza is prepared Sicilian style with a thin crust and then baked in the wood burning oven.
The Affresco’s interior is inviting and features cozy nooks, a bar and a roof top dining when the weather is nice. Gluten free options are available.
To get to the Pickwick from the Park Ridge Metra Station head southwest on Summit Ave.,then left on South Prospect Ave. The Pickwick will be on your right and is only 3 minutes from the station. Affresco is about a 2 minute walk from the Pickwick, head northwest then turn left on South Prospect. Take another left on North Northwest Highway. Affresco will be on your right.