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DavidZornig commented about Victoria Theatre on Apr 24, 2016 at 7:14 am

1954 photo added. Photographer unknown. Via Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

DavidZornig commented about Movieland on Apr 24, 2016 at 7:10 am

1956 photo as the Holiday added. Photographer unknown. Via Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

DavidZornig commented about County Theater on Apr 23, 2016 at 8:40 pm

Design contest.

DavidZornig commented about 1947 photo courtesy of Darla Zailskas. on Apr 23, 2016 at 7:51 pm

Now determined to be from 1952.
Thought the film is from 1947.

DavidZornig commented about Lakeside Theatre on Apr 23, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Early `60’s photo added to Photos Section, credit Uptown Historical Society. Via their below Facebook page.

DavidZornig commented about Lincoln Theatre on Apr 18, 2016 at 9:50 am

A deal is in the works for a music and theater venue.

DavidZornig commented about Coronado Performing Arts Center on Apr 14, 2016 at 4:17 pm

This article is about a theater seat dedicated to Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen due to his fund raising efforts for the Coronado.

DavidZornig commented about Grove Theatre on Apr 13, 2016 at 4:02 pm

1938 photo and below copy added, both credit McHenry County Historical Society.

The Grove Theatre, 310 Route 14, Fox River Grove.

The availability of motion pictures in the early 1900s opened a whole new world of entertainment possibilities. Jim Dvorak opened the first regular movie theater in Fox River Grove in the Prokop garage building in 1921. In 1923, Joseph Kosatka bought the Dvorak business and built the Grove Theatre building.

The Grove Theatre became a mainstay of the Fox River Grove entertainment world for 32 years. The theatre was so popular it was necessary to add balcony in 1927. They even had a cry room so mothers with young infants could enjoy a movie without disturbing others. There was also a smoking room for men.

The 35 cent admission entitled patrons to additional premiums. Ticket holders benefited from many promotional ventures as the theatre offered free china, linens, and towels. Drawings were held for the lucky numbers on ticket stubs. Children were charged 15 cents admission. A bus brought people in from the German Turner Camp in Algonquin one day a week, and there was also a special free show for the Tribune Camp children (Camp Algonquin). Popcorn sold for 10 cents a bag and 25 cents a box. One thing it did not have was soft seats and patrons remember taking pillows to view long movies such as Gone with the Wind.

During the silent film era, a $7,000 Wurlitzer pipe organ was purchased and an accomplished organist, Warren L. Kolby of Crystal Lake, would accompany the pictures. When “talkies” came in, he played the organ before the film started.

The theatre went out of business in 1957 when the building was sold to the Fox River Grove Lions’ Club. In the late 1970s the property was sold and converted into a restaurant. It has seen several changes of ownership as a restaurant, among them Giordano’s, Pasta Garden, and Gerardo’s Pizza and Pastas.

DavidZornig commented about Varsity Twin Cinema on Apr 12, 2016 at 8:26 pm

Undated photo added courtesy of Ron Whitfield‎, via the Waikiki & Honolulu in the 50’s & 60’s.

DavidZornig commented about Princess Theatre on Apr 12, 2016 at 8:18 pm

1941 photo added courtesy of Ron Whitfield‎, via the Waikiki & Honolulu in the 50’s & 60’s Facebook page.

DavidZornig commented about Uptown Theatre on Apr 6, 2016 at 3:21 pm

As I recall, when JAM first obtained ownership, they were the only ones who had showed up at the sale. The city later wanted JAM to partner with Live Nation on the Uptown, who the city was already in bed with at the former Charter One Pavilion I think. Partnering with Live Nation would never happen according to JAM at the time. There are details of it and the reasons why, buried in the comments dating back to 2008 or `09. I recall an article mentioning an old, leaked Live Nation e-mail that said “Kill, crush, destroy JAM. (Which still comes up on Google) I also recall that back then the Uptown needed an estimated 30 million in asbestos removal. Live Nation once had ownership of a much smaller theatre/venue in Nashville I think, that also had a recording studio in it. And they couldn’t even keep that open. So their input likely would not have been of any importance to JAM, even if they had partnered. As JAM has successfully owned and ran the Riviera for decades. I believe they only manage the Aragon. Discussed in previous threads too, was the types of shows that would need to run almost constantly after reopening, to break even on the huge cost of all the needed renovations. And mainly music shows at that, since road shows of say Broadway In Chicago would likely not have adequate load-in. Or the ability to sell 4000+ seats regularly. In my opinion converting to digital projection so films could again be run on off nights, might pick up the slack. Larger music acts would likely opt for the United Center to guarantee a larger payout.

DavidZornig commented about Normal Theater on Apr 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm

1948 photo added courtesy of Kenneth R. Davis‎.

DavidZornig commented about Mayne Stage on Apr 5, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Well it appears it’s days as a music venue are over. The below article states it will now only be used for weddings and private events.

DavidZornig commented about Garfield Theatre on Mar 30, 2016 at 3:36 pm

April 1968 press photo added.

DavidZornig commented about Silco Theater on Mar 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Unfortunately I do not know. You’d probably have to got to the Silco’s Facebook page located via the above link, and ask beneath the individual photos. Or maybe contacting the theater and ask them about the photos on their page.

DavidZornig commented about Argmore Theatre on Mar 27, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Here is the direct link to the 1936 IDOT photo that has the Argmore marquee. Previously posted by CompassRose in 2011, in the Uptown Chicago History link. In the below link you can both enlarge, zoom and navigate within the photo to better see the marquee.

DavidZornig commented about Sheridan Theatre on Mar 24, 2016 at 4:29 pm

Address should be changed to 1643 Sheridan. “Demolished” status should be removed, as the building is still standing. It currently houses McAllister & Sons Signs. Same building as the 1938 photo I added. Below is a Flickr image of the building today.

DavidZornig commented about Adelphi Theatre on Mar 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Circa 1984 photo added courtesy of Kenneth Swedroe.

DavidZornig commented about New 400 Theaters on Mar 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

1933 print ad added courtesy of Kenneth Swedroe. The 400 was run by Essaness at the time.

DavidZornig commented about Shangri-La Theater on Mar 20, 2016 at 10:35 am

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 1959 photo added, courtesy of the Chicago’s Extinct Businesses facebook page.

DavidZornig commented about Recher Theatre on Mar 19, 2016 at 9:26 pm

Circa 1979 photo added courtesy of Ralph Dacious McCain‎.

DavidZornig commented about Capri Cinema on Mar 19, 2016 at 9:23 am

5/07/67 photo added, photo credit Steve Lewandowski‎.

DavidZornig commented about Melba Theatre on Mar 18, 2016 at 8:11 pm

March 2016 photo added, photo credit Dawn Wells. The actress who played “Mary Ann” on “Gilligan’s Island”.

DavidZornig commented about Patio Theatre on Mar 18, 2016 at 7:25 pm

New owners applying for alcohol license.

DavidZornig commented about Strand Theatre on Mar 18, 2016 at 7:21 pm

1946 photo added, photo credit Charles Phoenix.