Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre

24 West Randolph Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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RickB
RickB on April 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Upper floors of the theater building set to become a 198-room hotel, opening in September 2017. DNAInfo story here.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on January 10, 2016 at 5:52 pm

I believe the actual closing date was Sunday, January 4, 1981.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 5, 2016 at 3:38 am

To CT Admins. The closing date in the Overview should be changed to January 3, 1981 from 1980. Below is a January 2nd 1981 Tribune link, with it’s final film appearing in the ads. Information courtesy of Tim O'Neill.

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1981/01/02/page/24/article/display-ad-19-no-title

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 11, 2015 at 11:10 pm

Two 1950 photos added, photo source Chicago-Photographic Images of Change Collection-University of Illinois at Chicago.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 19, 2015 at 10:03 pm

11/21/69-12/04/69 photo added courtesy of Darla Zailskas. The X rated “Fanny Hill” ran until Christmas Eve `69, and had been raided at the end of November. Tribune story below. Copy and paste to view.

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1969/11/29/page/9/article/fanny-hill-movie-unaffected-by-raid

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 16, 2015 at 12:57 am

February 1943 photo added via Kenneth McIntyre.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 23, 2014 at 9:56 pm

The Oriental is seen at 4:51 in this Vivian Maier film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXASDjCwxsE&feature=youtu.be

rivest266
rivest266 on March 6, 2014 at 12:56 am

May 8th, 1926 grand opening ad in photo section.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on June 4, 2013 at 11:18 am

Today (June 4) marks the 35th Anniversary of the fire that broke out in the lobby area of the balcony. So ironic that a fire would break out nearly 75 years after the Iroquois Theatre disaster happened at the same location.

Broan
Broan on October 4, 2012 at 12:16 am

When I clicked it, it didn’t work, but displayed after I refreshed it.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 3, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Hmmm. I’m still getting “Image cannot be displayed because it contains errors” in faint lettering at the top.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm

It works when I clicked upon it.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm

btkreft, there is no photo on that link. Just a grey background.

chicagomike47
chicagomike47 on September 10, 2012 at 5:19 am

i saw the world premeire of ‘PARIS HOLIDAY’ in 1958 and saw BOB HOPE IN PERSON at the oriental theater

DAL
DAL on May 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Longtime Oriental Theatre manager Mickey Gold, who ran the place for the last 30+ years as a movie theatre, shared great stories about his work lunches with some of the stage performers (big band leaders and The Three Stooges, for example).

justinterested
justinterested on December 18, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I can recall seeing one of the last combination stage/movie performances at the Oriental. Can’t remember the year but i do remember the star singing on the stage was a man named Don Cherry.

Broan
Broan on August 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Here is a nice overall view of the building

Broan
Broan on August 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Here is a view of the ornament.

Broan
Broan on July 28, 2011 at 1:24 am

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jarchie/3553050290/in/set-72157618596556846/ 1964 view

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Thanks for posting that picture btkrefft. My father worked as a musician at the Sherman House Hotel in the background, right around this same time after WWII. First as a trombone player, then on upright bass after big band faded out. He played in the Del Rainy Trio, and once played with Stan Kenton. He met my mom in 1954. She was a showgirl at the Silver Frolics at Kinzie & Wabash. He later went on to compose the Miller High Life theme, which got his foot in the door of Chicago industrial film.

jwballer
jwballer on February 9, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Heres a photo of the organ
View link

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I wonder if some of those old kung-fu movies are on DVD. I’ve always been curious about them.

JudithK
JudithK on January 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I hope so, too (ghosts not invited – ha!).

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Well this must be a first.
This February The Oriental will be hosting the upcoming Chicago mayoral debates and telecasting them live on ABC Channel 7.

It will be interesting to see if they do any exterior or interior panoramic shots to showcase the theatre.
Someone needs to snap a pic of the marquee advertising this event if they do so.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on January 4, 2011 at 6:26 am

The Oriental presented its final kung-fu triple on this date, 30 years ago, and closed its doors. The theatre finally re-opened in 1998 as a live stage venue.