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Just added a postcard view above of the theater as the Liberty Star Theater, another former name, from the era when Port Chicago was known by its original name, Bay Point (1850s-1931).
Thanks David for pointing out my misinformation.
From the October 4, 1944 Film Daily:
“Hans Teichert, well-known theater expert,
has completed paint and overhaul jobs
to three Chicago stands of Warners: the
Ogden, Stratford and Rhodes”.
From the January 2, 1942 Film Daily:
Suburban Detroit House
Opened by Brooks Bros.
Detroit — The Rouge Theater, new
900-seat suburban theater in River
Rouge, has been opened by Bernard,
Joseph, and Leonard Brooks as a
companion to their completely re-
modeled Admiral, opened only three
New house feature the use of
Flex-glass, in convexly bent mirror
form in complete trim around the
Principal contractors on the new
house were: C. Howard Crane, archi-
tect; Adler Contracting Co., general
builders; Hans Teichert, decorations;
American Seating Co., seats; Mork-
Green Studios, scenery; RCA-Photo-
phone, sound; and National Theater
Supply Co., National marquee, car-
pets, fixtures, Peerless Magnarc
lamps with Simplex E-7 heads, and
A reminder of the Senate’s original name, the Gaiety Confectionary can be seen in the storefront on the left in the 30s era photo.
David the address of the Oak is listed in the Tribune as 2004 N. Western going back to its opening in 1910. You only see the 2000 address used a few times starting in the early 90s.
Was just by here this morning and it looks like some extensive remodeling is going on at this theater. There is construction equipment around the building and parts of the parking lot are closed off. There is a large sign on the building that reads something like “Coming Soon Cantera Cinemas”. I called the theater and the lady who answered said they are open and nothing has changed. Does anyone have any information?
The entire article Chuck is referring to can be found here.
The Sterling Theater reopened on August 23rd. This story from KLJB TV has more information.
From 1914 until 1916 this theater was named the Fullerton Theater.
The firm of Liebenberg & Kaplan is credited with the design of the Baehr’s Brainerd Theater in Brainerd, MN. I wonder if that could be the same firm that designed this theater as well as the Border and Park Theaters?
This theater opened as the Cosmopolitan Hippodrome. By 1914 it is listed variously in the Chicago Tribune’s theater guide as the Cosmopolitan Hippodrome and the Cosmopolitan Theater.
Here is a follow-up article from today’s Chicago Sun-Times.
The new owner and architect for the Grand are looking for more space to expand the existing historic theater building, specifically a parking lot next to the Masonic Building and the area around the ticket booth. more details in this story in yesterday’s Daily Herald.
The exterior of the Ritz Apartments (formerly Ritz Theater) appears dressed as a movie theater briefly in a movie we just rented tonight called “The Demented”. Looked very similar to the Google Street View.
I think it was actually a nightclub called the Sound Stage. Can’t find anything to show if it’s still open or not. Most recent information I’ve found was from a couple years ago.
The Star Cinema Grill had its grand opening on July 5th. More information here
The Northwest Chicago Film Society has officially moved from the Portage Theater to the Patio, starting this week, according to this article in the Sun-Times. Since the NCFS was evicted from the Portage when that theater suddenly closed in May, the group had initially moved to the Music Box Theater. Despite the Patio currently being without air-conditioning, Film Society director Rebecca Hall says, “We hope our audience will stick with us, both this summer and when we return to the Patio with our next season in the autumn.”
An article in the January 1, 1931 Chicago Tribune with the headline Warner Bros. Acquire Ten More Theaters notes that the Shakespeare Theater, one of four cinemas acquired from the Chicago Theaters Corp. (along with the Metropolitan, the Frolic and the Oakland Square) has been added to the chain of playhouses operated by Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc.
The Georgia Theater had its gala opening on June 6, 1946, screening the film “To Each His Own” starring Olivia de Havilland.
The last update on their Facebook page was June 8th, commenting the theater would open “very, very soon”, and their official website still hasn’t added the Arlington Heights venue under their locations- they’ve still only got the Texas theaters listed.
According to this article in the Daily Herald, the Des Plaines Theater has reopened after repairs have been made to the ceiling which collapsed almost half a year ago. The Silent Summer Film Festival has been moved from the shuttered Portage Theater in Chicago to the Des Plaines Theater for six weeks starting July 19th. The the theater is also booked for a month and a half starting in October for a live musical called “Etude”. Owner Dhitu Bhagwakar says he will resume showing Indian movies again on the large screen and a Punjabi youth festival has been scheduled as well. Bhagwakar has been given until January 14th to bring the theater to code compliance including installing a fire resistant curtain for live acts, a sprinkler system in the stage area, issues with the boiler and furnace (the theater has no air conditioning or heat) and restrooms that are currently not compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Owner Bhagwakar says he doesn’t know at this time if he’ll be able to complete the repairs within the city’s time frame.
The Lincoln Cinemas has many listings placing it in North Arlington. Also, the current number of screens is six.