Marbro Theatre

4110 W. Madison Street,
Chicago, IL 60624

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amoswald
amoswald on October 14, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Thanks – lots more stories where that one came from.

gabbygrillz
gabbygrillz on October 14, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Anita really made me smile! reading of ol Madison street!

gabbygrillz
gabbygrillz on October 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm

wow ted most of that was before my time I came along in 64 but I grew up at off the street club and I just saw ralph last week! he is still same just older!

Griffinteam
Griffinteam on February 26, 2013 at 5:41 am

My Grandfather Jean Anthony Greif was an Organist at Marbro. He also performed at other theatres. He was a composer, organist, inventor and business Man. http://www.pstos.org/organists/wa/greif.htm

BobbyS
BobbyS on February 5, 2013 at 12:04 am

Anita, What wonderful stories you tell! I hated to finish. I can feel your passion because I was there too. Your stories are excellent and I can hardly wait for more. Many many thanks…….

amoswald
amoswald on January 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm

All covered in my stories

amoswald
amoswald on January 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm

All covered in my stories

TedTheodoreFRIE
TedTheodoreFRIE on January 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm

AND COLUMBUS PARK WAS THE ONLY PLACE WE WENT TO FOR SWIMMING.DO I HAVE REAL STORIES ABOUT THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD.WE STILL HAVE THE HOUSE AND MY SISTER LIVES THEIR ON CONGRESS AND KEELER. WE HAD TO TAKE TAP DANCING LESSONS ON MADISON JUST BEFORE PULASKI ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET. BUT OFF THE STREET CLUB WAS THE BEST

TedTheodoreFRIE
TedTheodoreFRIE on January 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Im just going crazy right now. My mom used to take us out for a dinner night to Walgreens on madison and Pulaski or the expensive one on keeler and madison on the SE corner. Man going trick or treating on Halloween on madison with my brothers . Went to the ALEX , Byrd , and another one on Austin and MADISON. wow . THE MEMORIES TED

amoswald
amoswald on January 24, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Ted – check out my stories for some memories.

Links to West Side Girl essays:

Saturday at the Movies http://thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/ourstoriesnonfiction.html If I Were 21 I’d Vote for Kennedy http://fairclothreview.com/if-i-were-21-id-vote-for-kennedy-by-anita-oswald/ Aidan’s Road Trip http://fatcityreview.com/beta/aidans-road-trip-anita-solick-oswald/ Some Assembly Required http://fatcityreview.com/some-assembly-required-anita-solick-oswald/ Bethlehem on Madison Street http://fairclothreview.com/bethlehem-on-madison-street-by-anita-solick-oswald/ Hot Diggity Dog and Interview http://www.thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/firstannualcontest.html Leaves http://www.thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/fiction.html

TedTheodoreFRIE
TedTheodoreFRIE on January 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Wow this picture brought back memories.I remember going here at least 3 or 4times.I went everywhere when I was a kid (late 50,s early 60’s) On that smaller Bldg On the corner their was this guy named RALPH that lived there.Now he runs the OFF THE STREET CLUB on Karlov and Washington. Me and my brothers went there OTSC all the time, including the camp in Wheaton in the summer.Wow I remember I was gonna get a job selling newspapers on THAT corner . There was a newsstand at that corner. Man what memories ,Even going across the street SE corner to buy an icecream for 10Cents .The five and dime. My mom took us to the A&P on Keeler every weekend.I think Ralph is still operating the OFF THE STREET CLUB but to say hello to him I got no guts for that neiborhood. WOW what memories THANKS Ted

amoswald
amoswald on January 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Links to West Side Girl essays:

Saturday at the Movies http://thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/ourstoriesnonfiction.html

If I Were 21 I’d Vote for Kennedy http://fairclothreview.com/if-i-were-21-id-vote-for-kennedy-by-anita-oswald/

Aidan’s Road Trip http://fatcityreview.com/beta/aidans-road-trip-anita-solick-oswald/

Some Assembly Required http://fatcityreview.com/some-assembly-required-anita-solick-oswald/

Bethlehem on Madison Street http://fairclothreview.com/bethlehem-on-madison-street-by-anita-solick-oswald/

NEW Hot Diggity Dog (Winner, Best Non Fiction – The Write Place at the Write Time) and Interview http://www.thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/firstannualcontest.html

NEW Leaves http://www.thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/fiction.html

amoswald
amoswald on December 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Exciting news everyone. My essay, “Saturday at the Movies” is a finalist for the Write Place at the Write Time’s 2012 Best Non Fiction. Keep your fingers crossed!

I’ve also got a new story coming out on December 18 entitled, “Bethlehem on Madison Street.” I will share the link when it is published. Thanks for all your support!

amoswald
amoswald on December 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Exciting news everyone. My essay, “Saturday at the Movies” is a finalist for the Write Place at the Write Time’s 2012 Best Non Fiction. Keep your fingers crossed!

I’ve also got a new story coming out on December 18 entitled, “Bethlehem on Madison Street.” I will share the link when it is published. Thanks for all your support!

amoswald
amoswald on December 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Exciting news everyone. My essay, “Saturday at the Movies” is a finalist for the Write Place at the Write Time’s 2012 Best Non Fiction. Keep your fingers crossed!

I’ve also got a new story coming out on December 18 entitled, “Bethlehem on Madison Street.” I will share the link when it is published. Thanks for all your support!

BobbyS
BobbyS on October 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Enjoyed your essay so much Anita… We could be relatives! I was there when Jack & Bobby were downtown and what a day that was. The sun hitting JFK’s head and I remember how handsome he was. When I started to go downtown the streetcars were still running. I loved when they pulled up to the Marbro for I could lean over and read the marquee. I always sat on the left side to do this. Such excitement for a west side kid. You are a very very good writer Anita.

amoswald
amoswald on October 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

New essay – Not about the theaters but you will all recognize some of the references. And I think it’s timely, too. For those of you who are feeling cynical about the political process, I hope this makes you smile.

http://fairclothreview.com/if-i-were-21-id-vote-for-kennedy-by-anita-oswald/

amoswald
amoswald on September 25, 2012 at 8:24 am

Thank you, Bobby. This is one of my favorites – I’ve got about 20 essays about growing up on the West Side. I’ve got a few more to finish and then I’ll have to start volume two.

BobbyS
BobbyS on September 25, 2012 at 12:16 am

BRAVO !! amoswald…A wonderful story. I enjoyed it very much and related to almost everything you wrote about, even the green river drinks. Almost every child in that glorious neighborhood did the same thing on saturdays. The Marbro movie was the highlight. My parents did the same routine going twice or more a week. Loved the story how your sister was born. It was a hoot !!! Thanks for sharing your memories with us all.

TRIPLEM
TRIPLEM on September 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I went here many times in my youth. The times I remember most were when all the Wm Castle films played here and they had a ambulance parked outside in case someone “died from fright” watching “13 Ghosts” or “House on Haunted Hill” and the other gimmick of having something under your seat that would vibrate or graze your skin ( don’t remember which) during “The Tingler”. I think I saw the Three Stooges there in person ( Moe, Larry & Curly Joe). Also remember the upper floor and the Women’s lounge as this huge room where the women were appropiately “lounging” on lavish decorative couches and talking to each other. ( why weren’t they interested in the movie?) And that beautiful enormous chandelier hanging from the ceiling. Does anyone remember years later ( in the late 70’s) going to the Hinsdale Theater ( where they had that marvelous pipe organ) and in the lobby, which was rather small, they had an incredible intricate model of the Marbro under glass. It brought back so many memories. I wonder what ever happened to it??

amoswald
amoswald on September 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Here is the link for my essay: http://www.thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/ourstoriesnonfiction.html I hope you enjoy it.

OeOeO
OeOeO on September 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Correction the link is simply “ARCHIVE.ORG”

amoswald
amoswald on September 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Thanks so much. This really helps.

OeOeO
OeOeO on September 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Amoswald and all

In June you asked for a map to the Madison /Crawford business area,mentioning a lost link
Was that link by any chance to Scott Newmans Jazz Age Chicago?
If it is ,then luckily that site is archived. (If not it does have maps to that area for 1928 and 1950)

Go to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine page at: http//WWW.ARCHIVE.ORG

In the the box next to to “WAYBACK MACHINE” enter http://chicago.urban-history.org/ , then click the ‘Take Me Back’ button.

click on one of the circled dates to see if theres a snapshot and click
Some images weren’t embedded and may be missing,but I did find the maps.
The maps are under “the bright lights districts ” “Madison Crawford”

I suggest saving the map to your own pc (there is a status bar that pops up at the bottom of the image,the furthest
left icon is a save as button. The mape will be saved as an adobe PDF file.

amoswald
amoswald on September 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

I will send the link as soon as the Autumn issue is available. Thanks to all of you for the references and photos.