116 W. Main Street • Barrington, Illinois 60010‬

‭(224) 634-7880

An Alfonso Iannelli Designed Landmark

Listed on The National Register Of Historic Places

Established 1927

Theater Amenities:

Digital Projection

Digital 7.1 Surround Sound

Matte Bright White Screen

Comfortable Seating

Listening Devices

Caption Reader Device

Handicap Access


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Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Ned Glass



Stanley Donen



Classics, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense



Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn star in this stylish comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen, very much in a Hitchcock vein. Grant plays Peter Joshua, who meets Reggie Lampert (Hepburn) in Paris and later offers to help her when she discovers that her husband has been murdered. After the funeral, Reggie is summoned to the embassy and warned by agent/friend Bartholemew (Walter Matthau) that her late husband helped steal 250,000 dollars during the war and that the rest of the gang is after the money as well. When three of the men who attended her husband's funeral begin to harass her, Reggie goes to Joshua for help, at which time

Joshua confesses that his name is actually Alexander Dyle, the brother of a fourth accomplice in the gold theft. The three men from the funeral are revealed to be the three other accomplices in the crime, and though she knows next to nothing of the heist, Reggie is caught in a ring of suspense as she is followed by the shadowy trio, all after the money. Apparently, the only person she can trust is Joshua/Dyle -- until Bartholomew tells Reggie that the fourth accomplice had no brother, and Joshua/Dyle reveals that he is, in fact, a crook named Adam Canfield. Now Reggie doesn't know where to turn. The musical score by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini was nominated for an Academy Award.

It’s A Wonderful Life

(with an appearance by Santa and Caroling!)



James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Ward Bond, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beula Bondi, Frank Faylen & Gloria Graham



Frank Capra



Christmas Classic, Comedy, Drama



This is director Frank Capra's classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (James Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. As the film opens, it's Christmas Eve, 1946, and George, who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide. High above Bedford Falls, two celestial voices discuss

Bailey's dilemma and decide to send down eternally bumbling angel Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers), who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings, to help George out. But first, Clarence is given a crash course on George's life, and the multitude of selfless acts he has performed: rescuing his younger brother from drowning, losing the hearing in his left ear in the process; enduring a beating rather than allow a grieving druggist (H.B. Warner) to deliver poison by mistake to an ailing child; foregoing college and a long-planned trip to Europe to keep the Bailey Building and Loan from letting its Depression-era customers down; and, most important, preventing town despot Potter (Lionel Barrymore) from taking over Bedford Mills and reducing its inhabitants to penury. Along the way, George has married his childhood sweetheart Mary (Donna Reed), who has stuck by him through thick and thin. But even the love of Mary and his children are insufficient when George, faced with an $8000 shortage in his books, becomes a likely candidate for prison thanks to the vengeful Potter. Bitterly, George declares that he wishes that he had never been born, and Clarence, hoping to teach George a lesson, shows him how different life would have been had he in fact never been born. After a nightmarish odyssey through a George Bailey-less Bedford Falls (now a glorified slum called Potterville), wherein none of his friends or family recognize him, George is made to realize how many lives he has touched, and helped, through his existence; and, just as Clarence had planned, George awakens to the fact that, despite all its deprivations, he has truly had a wonderful life. Capra's first production through his newly-formed Liberty Films, It's a Wonderful Life lost money in its original run, when it was percieved as a fairly downbeat view of small-town life. Only after it lapsed into the public domain in 1973 and became a Christmastime TV perennial did it don the mantle of a holiday classic




Friday & Saturday 8:00

Sunday thru Thursday 7:00


It’s A Wonderful Life

Saturday 2:00 & 5:00

Sunday 2:00 & 5:00


At this time, we greatly need your support to assist The Catlow in covering expenses until we begin our transition into a live stage events/movie venue for the community. Smaller theaters across the nation are facing extinction due to the slump in movie attendance and other factors. There are several news articles pointing out this new disheartening trend. Here is Variety's article for example:

Small Theaters Struggle To Survive In Tough Movie Market

Your support of this effort will come back to you in an abundance of enjoyable events at The Catlow. Please help if you feel so inclined. Thank you!

Here is the link to our fundraiser - or you may drop off your donation at The Catlow after 4pm:


We have a "Best Of Boloney’s” Menu on our revised Showtime Eatery Menu…  Check it out here: showtimeeatery.com


--- FREE ADMISSION - SANTA CLAUS will be here ---

(Suggested donation $5 (or more if you like) at the door)

Saturday Dec. 14 & Sunday Dec. 15 - 2pm & 5pm and

Saturday Dec. 21 & Sunday Dec. 22nd - 2pm & 5pm!

SANTA CLAUS will be there and here will be caroling before each show! Like George Bailey, the Catlow Theater is having financial problems and we need your help to keep the theater open!


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Phone: (224) 634-7880

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Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 8:00pm

Sunday: 4:00 - 7:00pm

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Book The Historic Catlow & Showtime Eatery for your next party or event. Food, Drinks, Concessions & Bar Service available.

Showtime Eatery and The Catlow  present the premiere location to host your event right here in the heart of Barrington. We offer a 500 seat theater in addition to Showtime’s dining area and the lobby/bar area. We will help you through every step of the planning. Give us a call at 224-634-7880


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