Biograph reopens

posted by Michael Zoldessy on October 18, 2006 at 5:15 am

CHICAGO, IL — Not showing films but as a venue for the Victory Gardens Theater, the Biograph is open again.

It was at the Biograph Theatre that bank robber John Dillinger was gunned down by FBI agents July 22, 1934, after taking in the movie “Manhattan Melodrama” and being betrayed by the “Lady in Red.”

The Biograph is one of Chicago’s last remaining landmarks from its gun-slinging past; Al Capone’s Lexington Hotel hangout and the warehouse site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre have been demolished.

Over the weekend, the Biograph held its coming-out party as a newly rehabbed venue for Victory Gardens Theater live shows, and theater leaders echoed Mayor Richard Daley in playing down its bloody past.

To read more, visit the Seattle Times.

(Thanks to Eric Olson for providing the photo.)

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