Willis and Shirley Johnson

Wheaton, IL-THS Members Willis & Shirley Johnson receive preservation award

On Saturday November 17th THS members and owners of Classic Cinemas, were honored by the DuPage County Historical Society.  Willis and Shirley were recognized for their dedication to preserving and restoring local theatres in DuPage County and surrounding areas, helping to rejuvenate older downtown business districts.

Willis and Shirley Johnson

The Johnsons were nominated for recognition by Theatre Historical Society and were joined at the event by Archive Director Kathy McLeister and Executive Director Rick Fosbrink.


  1. Well deserved! The Johnson’s have practically invented a new model for theatre preservation – a model that adheres to reasonable preservation standards while providing economic vitality to the neighborhoods surrounding their buildings. And their theatres are state of the art in terms of technology integration. They are quiet heroes.

  2. Well deserved!!

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