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Broan commented about Alvin Theatre on Aug 25, 2016 at 7:30 am

The Shapiro Ballroom is scheduled to open October 3. Looks like it was gutted.

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Broan commented about McVickers Theater on Aug 1, 2016 at 7:20 am

James Brown played the Bismarck (now the Cadillac Palace) on December 29, 1984. The Bismarck did indeed have its seats removed as it mainly was used for banquets at the time.

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Broan commented about Shakespeare Theatre on Jul 6, 2016 at 7:33 pm

This entry appears to refer to two separate theaters.

The Shakespeare was built as the Shakespeare for the Alfred Hamburger circuit in 1914 and stood at 940 E 43rd. It was never named the Ellis and is demolished.

The pictured building at 932-934 E 43rd is probably the Ellis. I wasn’t able to find much on the Ellis; it was a vaudeville theater in the area but no listed address I could find. It seems to have operated 1910-1915. It was definitely closed by 1925, used by then as a laundry. The architecture is typical of a 1910 theater and it had a small balcony. Probably they closed the Ellis and opened the Shakespeare across the alley.

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Broan commented about AMC Loews Gardens Cinemas at Old Orchard 1-6 on Jun 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/skokie/news/ct-skr-old-orchard-luxury-movie-theaters-tl-0630-20160627-story.html

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Broan commented about AMC Loews Gardens Cinemas at Old Orchard 7-13 on Jun 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/skokie/news/ct-skr-old-orchard-luxury-movie-theaters-tl-0630-20160627-story.html

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Broan commented about AMC Loews Gardens Cinemas at Old Orchard 1-6 on Jun 28, 2016 at 7:26 am

These passed to regal and are now closed pending remodeling by a new operator.

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Broan commented about AMC Loews Gardens Cinemas at Old Orchard 7-13 on Jun 28, 2016 at 7:25 am

These passed to regal and are now closed pending remodeling by a new operator.

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Broan commented about Music Box Theatre on Jun 5, 2016 at 6:53 pm

It also looks like Louis I. Simon was really more of a structural engineer so Edward Steinborn may deserve more credit as design architect.

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Broan commented about Music Box Theatre on Jun 5, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Must have been a typo, it was actually August 21. It’s not in that archive – not a complete archive – but I’ve posted it in the photos section.

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Broan commented about Music Box Theatre on Jun 4, 2016 at 8:51 pm

http://archive.org/stream/exhibitorsherald97unse#page/n727/mode/2up Very interesting article and original blueprints

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Broan commented about Music Box Theatre on Jun 4, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Yes, the concession area is now on the opposite side of the lobby than before and is now more of a counter

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Broan commented about Oasis Drive-In on May 19, 2016 at 5:48 pm

The Oasis sign was recently removed. victim of road widening for the I-90 interchange rebuild.

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Broan commented about AMC Loews Norridge 10 on May 16, 2016 at 7:44 pm

I’m surprised they’re actually interested in reusing the building.

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Broan commented about Tivoli Theatre on Apr 26, 2016 at 10:06 am

Trivia: the Curtiss One-Hour Dry Cleaners building at 935 Curtiss was constructed to be a movie theater. However, the Tivoli was begun soon after and the other project was dropped due to inability to compete with B&K. The unfinished auditorium of the theater on Curtiss was later used as an auto dealership and garage.

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Broan commented about Parthenon Theatre on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm

Rapp & Rapp did the remodel. Maybe not George & Cornelius by that point in time.

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Broan commented about Parthenon Theatre on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm

Architect was E.P. Rupert for R. Levine & Co.

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Broan commented about Berwyn Theatre on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:11 pm

Architect was E.P. Rupert for R. Levine & Co

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Broan commented about Indiana Theatre on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:10 pm

Architect was E.P. Rupert for R. Levine & Co

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Broan commented about Loomis Theatre on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:06 pm

Here is a photo of the Loomis from THSA.

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Broan commented about LaGrange Theatre on Apr 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm

The La Grange was NOT designed by Rapp & Rapp. It was designed by E.P. Rupert for R. Levine & Co. Article in photos section.

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Broan commented about Hoosier Theatre on Apr 21, 2016 at 9:41 pm

Architect was E.P. Rupert for firm R. Levine & Company

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Broan commented about Alvin Theatre on Apr 9, 2016 at 10:36 pm

It would be great if you could post some renovation photos here.

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Broan commented about Alvin Theatre on Apr 9, 2016 at 10:15 pm

There’s not likely to be much out there. The Theatre Historical Society in Elmhurst may or may not have anything. I find that the building permit was listed in the November 9, 1912 issue of American Contractor, so it was likely opened in 1913. The architect was David Saul Klafter, who designed a number of mostly inexpensively-built small movie theaters in the early teens. The most recognizable of these today is now the Fluevog store in Wicker Park. The theater was built for owners Louis and Samuel Ogus and Frank Rabinovich and leased to Alvin Alberti. The building was sold to Herman R. Misch in November 1914. It was being run by George L. Levine and showing Triangle and Universal Pictures. The association with Triangle may explain the triangle decorations on the exterior. George Levine was an interesting guy who grew up with the motion picture industry. He started as a peanut boy at the Iola Theater in Wicker Park as a peanut boy and became assistant manager there by age 12. By 16, he became manager of the Alvin. At 19, he left to work for Universal’s Chicago branch as a salesman. At 21, he became manager of their short film distribution in Chicago. The next year, he became manager of Universal’s Milwaukee Film Exchange. At 28 he was promoted to manage all short subjects for Universal in New York, but moved back to run Milwaukee again after a few months of outcry. He remained Carl Laemmle’s right hand man in the Midwest until 1935. He remained in the business, operating theaters independently until the 1960s.

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Broan commented about Embassy Theatre on Apr 9, 2016 at 6:11 pm

Seems to have been originally planned for Lubliner & Trinz and designed by David Saul Klafter. http://archive.org/stream/movpicwor63movi#page/n43/mode/2up/search/klafter

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Broan commented about Cascade Drive-In on Jan 23, 2016 at 10:50 am

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160123/business/160129472/ The Cascade may be threatened in the future by property owners, over the objections of its operators.