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It was earlier, because I first started going there in the early 50’s when I was in high school.
The rooftop scaffold sign was prominently featured in a recent episode of “America’s Most Wanted.”
This theater was prominently featured on an episode of “House Hunters” on the HGTV network.
Drove by yesterday and saw that the facility is now a fitness center. This seems to be the fate of a lot of these older multiplexes, just like what happened to the nearby Golf Mill 1-2-3.
Most assuredly open. I had lunch at the Filipino restaurant next door to the theater yesterday. A steady stream of customers were seen going to the Bollywood matinees.
This theater is now showing films in 3D, which is remarkable for a second-run venue.
Back row, for the same reason as Flix70.
Now open according to the website.
According to the showtimes listed on their website, it appears that this theater is only open on weekends.
I wandered onto the rubble when the Lamar was being torn down. One thing I found was an empty 16mm film can for an Indian film. Interestingly enough, obviously the scenery hoisting equipment from live theater days was still in place in the old fly loft, so I was able to pick up 2 pulley wheels for my collection.
Theater website refers to it as “Downtown Cinema>”
Status should be closed.
This theater has not reopened yet. According to their website and recorded phone message, there are unresolved code issues and legal matters that are delaying the opening.
And after Michael Moore is gone, then what? By lending his name to the effort, he might be able to mobilize long-term support to ensure that this theater will continue to exist.
The Google Map view is of 110 W Madison in Oak Park, IL, not downtown Chicago.
BTW, the film that opened the theater was “Cain and Mabel.” A clever play on words.
I’ve updated the street view. Looks like the original blade sign has been retained.
A shot of this theater with the marquee and blade sign lit appears in a new Mitsubishi Automobile commercial.
when I would visit relatives in Cincinnati as a youngster from Chicago in the 50’s, there was definitely de facto segregation in public places, like movie theaters and the Coney Island amusement park.
No surprises here. In his autobiography, the comedian Dick Gregory wrote about having to sit in the segregated balcony of a Carbondale Illinois movie theater. Illinois and Ohio did not have Jim Crow laws on the books, but they existed in unofficial practice,nonetheless.
It appears that there is an ongoing effort to reopen this theater as a community arts center.
Galesville was director/writer Nicholas Ray’s home town. He probably got some of his interest in films by attending this theater, I would imagine.
This theater is closed and has been for at least 2 years.
According to the article, this theater is getting more than a facelift. The interior has been gutted and repurposed.
This building was recently featured on “American Pickers.” The school is used as a warehouse by a local developer who is renovating the community.