A unique performance complex, the Athenaeum Theatre opened in
1911 as part of the campus of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.
Conceived as a "neighborhood playhouse," by the original
German-American parish, the Athenaeum Theatre is a historic
building and the oldest continuously operating off-Loop theater in
Chicago. The Athenaeum Theatre shares its heritage by using its
various spaces for the arts, educational, and social service
communities. The building houses five performance spaces and
offices and rehearsal halls for performing arts groups as well as a
gymnasium and a food pantry. The theatre serves as a cultural
resource and a forum for arts groups and audiences both in the
neighborhood and the greater Chicago area.