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Broan commented about Pearl Theatre on Nov 23, 2016 at 9:18 am

There’s also some indication that the Ravinia Theater showed movies for a time.

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Broan commented about Pearl Theatre on Nov 23, 2016 at 9:17 am

The Pearl seated 720. The 1912 Sanborn map shows a small nickelodeon on the second floor of a building at 15 (Later 515) Central. The 1918 Sanborn Maps show the Pearl open, the 515 Central theater closed, and another, vacant theater next door seating 448 at 519 Central (this being the Highland Park). Between 1918-1924, a stage was added to the Pearl.

So, the Alcyon was actually the fourth theater in HP.

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Broan commented about Pearl Theatre on Nov 23, 2016 at 8:27 am

William Pearl operated the Highland Park theater from ~1910-1917 (no CT listing). The Pearl opened in August 1917, architect William D. Mann, and seated about 700.

It did reopen about 1937-1942, showing talkies.

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Broan commented about Highland Park Theatre on Nov 23, 2016 at 7:55 am

Upon opening, the Alcyon was operated by Louis Laemmle, brother of Carl Laemmle, founder of Universal Pictures, who had a small circuit. In 1932, it was operated by Johnny Jones of Jones, Linick, and Shaefer, then in 1933 by the Orchard Theatre Company, before going back to William Pearl

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Broan commented about Alamo Theater on Nov 23, 2016 at 7:54 am

William T. Hooper was architect and F.W. Janisch the structural engineer. Hooper and Janisch did not do much theatrical work.

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Broan commented about Alamo Theater on Nov 22, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Jay, scroll up on this page, click Illinois, then click “Demolished” below the map on that page.

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Broan commented about Alamo Theater on Nov 22, 2016 at 3:38 pm

The Alamo opened in early September 1926 for the Lynch circuit, which was under Balaban & Katz/Lubliner & Trinz control. It was planned under the name “Vogue Theater” but opened as Alamo. Architects were Hooper & Janisch and the theater had a three manual Kilgen organ. It was remodeled in 1938 to plans by Roy B. Blass, with a new White Way marquee, stainless steel front, black granite corners, and a new managers office. In 1952, owner Arthur Sass alleged that B&K had strongarmed him into giving them a 25% interest, threatening to build a competing theater across the street and shutting him out of product if he did not comply.

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Broan commented about Alamo Theater on Nov 22, 2016 at 3:14 pm

I would guess that would probably be a few spots at a small auto-repair type garage in the area, not a parking ramp like you might picture.

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Broan commented about Famous Theatre on Nov 22, 2016 at 1:59 pm

that would be http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/united-states/illinois?status=closed http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/united-states/illinois?status=demolished

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Broan commented about Highland Park Theatre on Nov 16, 2016 at 9:52 am

Well-analyzed, David.

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Broan commented about Oakland Square Theater on Nov 13, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Uploaded a photo of the auditorium. Looks like this was one of Ascher’s oddball “cornerwise” theaters, with the screen off in a corner.

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Broan commented about Victoria Theatre on Nov 13, 2016 at 9:58 am

This might be it: http://archive.org/stream/motography56elec#page/192/mode/2up

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Broan commented about Lyda Theater on Nov 13, 2016 at 9:33 am

http://archive.org/stream/filmindex06film#page/n381/mode/2up

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Broan commented about President Theater on Nov 13, 2016 at 9:10 am

This would have been on Garfield Blvd/55th, not 55th Place. Historic Aerials show that it stood until at least 1972. It seems to have operated as a series of dance halls and bars after closing as a theater, most notably the Rhumboogie Cafe.

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Broan commented about Columbus Theater on Nov 13, 2016 at 8:40 am

http://archive.org/stream/movpict31chal#page/n339/mode/2up

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Broan commented about Logan Theatre on Nov 13, 2016 at 4:56 am

They never had 5. That was probably two films sharing the same screen.

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Broan commented about Ogden Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 1:26 pm

The Hippodrome/Atlas must have been a very minor theatre on the site prior to the West Englewood, which was almost certainly built from scratch.

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Broan commented about Roosevelt Theater on Oct 23, 2016 at 12:49 pm

http://archive.org/stream/motionpicturenew23moti_7#page/3076/mode/2up has a nice section on the opening of the Roosevelt.

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Broan commented about Columbus Theater on Oct 23, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Queen Recreation lasted until at least 1962.

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Broan commented about Columbus Theater on Oct 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

The Columbus was noted for its diagonal auditorium, with the screen in one corner, similar to the Town/Park West. After the Columbus was closed in 1926 in favor of Ascher’s West Englewood, the building was remodeled into Queen Recreation Parlor, three floors of billiards & bowling.

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Broan commented about Bryn Mawr Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 9:37 am

The lobby storefront and theater are currently available for lease.

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Broan commented about Bell Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 8:28 am

This must be one of the oldest theaters in Chicago still standing.

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Broan commented about Avon Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 8:16 am

Sam Katz, of Balaban & Katz, was one of the early operators of the Avon.

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Broan commented about Ashland Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 7:48 am

This should be 1656 W Roosevelt Road (12th Street), not Place.

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Broan commented about Armitage Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 7:40 am

The 5 year old Bismark theater on the same site was razed in 1916 to build the Armitage.