Poplar Creek Music Theater

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Coordinates: 42°04′07.21″N 88°11′49.81″W / 42.0686694°N 88.1971694°W / 42.0686694; -88.1971694

Poplar Creek Music Theater
Address 60179 Higgins Road
Location Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Owner Nederlander Organization
Type Amphitheatre
Capacity 25,202
Construction
Opened June 6, 1980
Closed November 3, 1994
Demolished July, 1995

Poplar Creek Music Theater was a concert venue located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The amphitheatre opened in 1980 and closed in 1994. It hosted a variety of popular musical acts during its 15-season existence. It consisted of a covered pavilion and grass seating area, and had a capacity of 25,202 people; 7,202 reserved seats, 18,000 lawn seats.

Attendance began to dwindle in the late 1980s, and Poplar Creek faced competition from the opening of the World Music Theater (now Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre) in Tinley Park in 1990. Sears acquired the property in 1989 and allowed Poplar Creek to remain in operation until 1994.

In 2006, the Sears Centre opened in Hoffman Estates, near the former location of Poplar Creek.

A new outdoor theater located next to the Sears Centre, and about one mile away from Poplar Creek's former location, has been approved for construction. With approximately 10,000 seats, this new venue would only be a fraction of Poplar Creek's capacity. However, it is not known if the theater will be built due to the struggling economy.

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