The John & Nancy Hughes Theater is the cultural heart of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff. We offer a robust children’s theater program (PASTA), CENTERSTAGE in Lake Forest, a community theater group for all ages, and theater space for performing arts organizations including local symphony, dance studios, music recitals and Lake Forest College music performances.
2015 NEWS: TRANSFORMING GORTON’S THEATER
We have renovated our theater into a state-of-the art performing arts space that will become the signature of Gorton Community Center. A new entrance leads visitors into a stunning 309-seat theater with new technology systems including sound, projection and lights. The theater offers children, teens and adults the unforgettable experience of performing on a world-class stage. It allows us to present films from classics to independent and documentaries. And, we attract celebrated artists to our new performing arts center, creating a more vibrant cultural life in our community.
The new theater includes:
- DCP Film Projection
- Movie-theater quality screen for large format films
- New interior entrance, featuring an elegant wall of glass to invite people into the space
- Modern sound and speaker system
- Digital lighting system
- Paging system that will allow communication between the backstage and dressing areas
- New theater seating
- Hearing Loop assistive listening system
Interested in booking the John & Nancy Hughes Theater for your event? Please call Gorton Community Center, 847-234-6060 for the most current information on this exciting project.