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Not only closed, but the interior has now been gutted and floor leveled for retail.
Cinematour has the 137 4th Avenue address and 2 pictures from 2011 that show the theater still standing. Street View is now adjusted above to show the theater.
The address in the header is incorrect. Go to Google Street View and type in 137 4th Avenue and you will see an image of the still-standing theater from 2009.
The above referenced article in the Chicagoist lists some very good reasons why a concert venue managed by the Congress folks would not be a good fit for Six Corners.
“Portage Theater supporters (rightly) fear the Congress Theater’s problems with loud concerts, crowd control, underage drinking and security would follow to the Far Northwest side. The rumblings on Everyblock claim Congress management would tear out seats in order to fill more people in the space.”
The Congress cannot be compared to the 4 other concert venues mentioned here.
I’ve uploaded a 1953 photo of the theatre.
Reread Broan’s comments above. ‘Nuff said.
I beg to differ about the Elinor. I worked for the Chicago Dept of Human Services for many years in the emergency shelter program. We would only place people in need of temporary housing there as a last resort, because of the unsavory clientele and activities which took place there. The liquor store is a magnet and certainly can’t be compared to a restaurant which serves liquor.
I still live in the area (Jefferson Park), so I know what I’m talking about.
A “Friends of Bonham” organization has been set up to raise funds to purchase digital projection equipment. See the website for details.
If the church is looking at the former Belpark, they have the issue of a large liquor store and flophouse (transient hotel) directly across the street from the bingo hall. Maybe they can do outreach in the area.
You still also have the issue of a large liquor store and flophouse (transient hotel) directly across the street from the Belpark. Is this the kind of area that is going to attract folks who want to visit the theater?
The vertical sign was recently featured on an episode of “House Hunters” on HGTV.
It would have been nice to mention that this Arboretum was a shopping center. I had envisioned a wooded nature preserve.
Now officially named “Movies 16”.
The theater’s website indicates that they are now trying to raise money to purchase digital projection equipment.
According to the website, this theater is now closed.
Status should be “closed.” Phone is disconnected as well.
It will be difficult to solicit funds for a privately owned for-profit venue. This is primarily because there are no tax write-off advantages for donors.
Rather than requesting donations, perhaps the owner of the theater should incorporate and sell shares to raise the funds to purchase digital equipment. Donations work best when there is a tax write-off from a non profit.
The Fox was recently featured on the opening season for “America’s Got Talent.” Nice shots of the exterior and interior as people arrived for auditions for the reality show.
There is a photo of the Goetz Junior on the Goetz Theater website in the “Images Old” section.
I think that other considerations are also at play here. Like the cost of digital conversion and the city wanting to get out of the movie theater business.
A liquor license for a restaurant can mean the difference between breaking even or making money. Many people enjoy a drink with their meal, so why not?
The exterior of this theater shows up in the new Geico commercial about the gecko ventroliquist. Not sure if the auditorium shots are from the theater, but there are a few organ chords thrown in at the end.
If you look 2 blocks down the street to the fire department building, the alley side of the structure definitely appears to have been a theater at one time. Must be an address issue with Google.
As long as people continue to support Wally World by shopping there, there’s not much anyone can do about its increasing presence.