Patio Theatre

6008 West Irving Park Road,
Chicago, IL 60634

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BobbyS on April 17, 2014 at 6:13 am

GFeret, I hope you are wrong. But that would explain why the grant never came to be. It is hard to believe the city would not try and keep this corner alive & open for business and not add to the vacant stores. One only has to travel down the street and see what a closed Portage theatre can do to the vacancy rate!

GFeret on April 15, 2014 at 7:46 pm

the recent article about Patio closing is worded more like the theatre’s closing for good, not just for summer. The air conditioning needing repair (more accurately complete replacement I think) while certainly a major issue seems to me to be covering for other matters. The theatre owner makes claims he really wants for the Patio theatre to return to operation, but his actions show nothing of the kind, only avoidance and delays. Chicago Ald. Cullerton got a city grant to pay for the needed new AC system, but the owner ignored it. The appearance is the grant came w/ provisions he didn’t like. My strong suspicion is the owner has distinct other plans for his building, and unless Patio theatre management is placed into the hands of somebody else with movie bacground we have seen the end (or will be seeing the end during these final 2 April weekends) of films @ the Patio

hdtv267 on April 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm

The Patio will be closing for the summer, unless it can get some sort of help in getting the air conditioning fixed,0,5895937.column

DaveM on August 22, 2013 at 2:57 am

The Patio is changing from a sub-run to a revival policy, featuring films from the 60s, 70s and 80s, starting this September. The Patio will also continue to host the Northwest Chicago Film Society.

BobbyS on July 13, 2013 at 4:43 am

I thought the Portage was THE place to see a classic film. No more. The Patio is THE place to see a classic film and the people that run the programs are the best. Always great pre-show attractions and very interesting stories behind the scenes. These three people know what they are doing…BRAVO !!

BobbyS on May 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Thanks Broan, Good News.. There was a very good audience for Monday night and the theater looked beautiful.

Broan on May 30, 2013 at 5:42 pm

It’ll be open for some special events however. Another Northwest Chicago Film Society screening is scheduled for Wednesday. I imagine this will continue as weather permits.

BobbyS on May 26, 2013 at 3:56 am

I know the city doesn’t set rates, but didn’t the city just announce meters will be in use to 10pm nitely? What a killer for businesses……

Broan on May 26, 2013 at 3:40 am

The Portage was closed by the owner. He could have remained open with the liquor license in limbo but chose not to. The city does not set the meter fees, Daley sold the meters to a private company.

BobbyS on May 26, 2013 at 3:36 am

Another blow to Irving Park theaters, the Portage Theater was closed indefinetly by the City of Chicago today over liquor license problems with the new owners. This is bad news for the Portage. Theater was doing very well with the classic film series every week. So many factors are in play to keep these beautiful theaters open and running. It is a real uphill battle. The city really doesn’t give a damn or they would find ways to keep the area from becoming so blight. They are too busy trying to increase the parking meter fees so nobody wants to pay the insane high fees to attend a local movie house. No wonder so many empty storefronts surrounding these movie theaters. What a pity!!

RickB on May 26, 2013 at 1:11 am

Theater will be closed for the summer due to a broken air conditioning system. DNAInfo story here.

TivFan on February 11, 2013 at 10:30 am

Take a look at “The Cost of History” featuring the Patio Theatre. Go to the CT home page and click on “Latest movie theater videos”.

LouRugani on February 11, 2013 at 2:34 am

Here’s a memorial tribute to Mr. Alex Kouvalis, who I was fortunate to meet shortly after he took over the PATIO. Comments and tributes are welcome.

Trolleyguy on January 27, 2013 at 3:42 pm

The digital projector has been in since November. Check the website.

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Life's Too Short on January 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Digital projectors are in now from what I understand.

BobbyS on October 10, 2012 at 6:17 am

True. Parking is free after 9pm where there is a paybox. What is insane is they have to be fed on Sunday. No wonder so many vacant storefronts on city streets. Why pay when suburbs are so easily gotten too. Sorry Rahm, this should have been overturned.

Broan on October 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Pearselives is correct, many pay zones are free after a certain time of night.

Cheryl44 on October 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm

You can’t park free anywhere in the city where there is a box on the street. No more free nights, no more free Sundays, no parking holidays.

RickB on August 28, 2012 at 11:48 pm

A conversation with Patio owner Demetri Kouvalis about the digital conversion here.

pearselives1916 on July 21, 2012 at 3:00 am

I love this place. As far as the parking goes, most people do not know that you can park on Irving for free after 9 on Fridays and Saturdays. There may be other days, but I’m not exactly sure. The paybox will say if payment is required or not. We always go to the later show and never have any issue parking directly across the street. There is usually plenty of parking in the neighborhood and on Austin as well. Just make sure that you aren’t in a permit area and come expecting a little bit of a walk just in case.

BobbyS on July 20, 2012 at 5:31 am

I surely hope the former Norridge patrons will discover the Patio. A real deal and not sky high prices for popcorn & drinks and a beautiful screen!! The attraction board is blank today at the Norridge and the Loews Theaters sign is removed.

BobbyS on July 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Wouldn’t you think that would have been done during the first year of operation? At least not the bank but maybe the church, somewhere. Parking is a must in todays movie business. No parking=loss of future patrons. Portage has a deal with Sears big lot. Who wants to pay for Chicago’s high street parking fees. Outrage and insane idea…

gompka on July 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm

They have tried that in the past and it didn’t work out, but then again the bank may be under new management.

BobbyS on July 17, 2012 at 3:48 am

Didn’t know about the Norridge closing. It was opened last week. Is this for sure? If only the Patio had parking. I find it hard to believe the Loews Norridge patrons would travel down the street to a second-run house and not to a nearby multi screen house. I think the Pickwick would benefit because they show first-run and have parking aplenty!

Broan on July 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Norridge closing should be good for the Patio. Hope they can get the word out.