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A 1978 view of the Follies Theater can be seen here. According to the photographer’s notes, the theater burned down the next day.
A 1982 photo of the Chicago can be seen here. Looks like the vertical sign was in dire need of a paint-job by then. The Loop Electronics store to the right is the former Loop/Telenews Theater.
A circa-late 70s view of the Oriental can be seen here.
A 1987 view as the Dearborn Cinemas can be seen here.
A 1980 view of the State-Lake building can be seen here.
The Roosevelt can be seen in this 1980 view from Washington Street.
From today’s Daily Herald:
In yesterday’s referrendum, Wheaton residents voted against using public funds towards restoring the theater, according to the Chicago Tribune article below:
David, I believe the photo below is the illustration BWChicago linked to 11/10/08.
A circa-1900 view of the Monroe as the Inter-Ocean Building can be seen here:
Brian, the article below mentions “soot everywhere”. Do you know if there was any damage to the theater’s interior?
Some information I gleaned from an April 5, 1970 article in the Chicago Tribune about the theater’s demolition.
The building which the theater was located in was called the Chicago Musical College Building, an 11-story (then) skyscraper that opened in 1896. It contained a theater which upon opening was called the Whitney Opera House, leased to B.C. Whitney. Sophie Tucker and Fatty Arbuckle were among those to appear in stage shows as the Whitney Opera House, a name the theater kept until 1915 when it became the Central Music Hall with a program of Shakespearean offerings. In 1923, it was renamed again, the Central Theatre, with later variations over the next seven years depending on who was operating the legit house (Minturn’s Central, Barrett’s Central, Shubert’s Central). In 1930, for the first time, it became a movie house, as the Punch and Judy, but within a year or so was back to the Central Theatre name with live theater until 1934 when it became the Sonotone (a movie house once more). Later it was renamed more, the Studio, the Ziegfeld, and finally the Capri.
From the Arcadia Publishing book, “Postcard History Series: Rockford 1900-World War I” (with the same postcard which Don linked to shown):
“MAJESTIC THEATER AND ARMORY BLOCK, 113-125 NORTH CHURCH STREET, 1911.
Prominent attorney B.A. Knight’s $25,000 Armory Block (left) was home to Rockford High School basketball games and Rockford’s World War I-era Companies H & K. Extensively remodeled, the Armory Block housed retailer Sears from 1928 to 1956 and was later demolished for parking. A nickelodeon turned "high-class” vaudeville house and movie theater, the Majestic Theater (1909-1912) was later converted to other uses and was razed for real-estate developer Max Liebling’s 1951 Nu-State Building, 119 North Church."
It actually opened in 1915, it only got renamed in 1948.
Bob, the address is correct, it was 2055 W. 22nd Street (now Cermak Road) as it’s listed in the Chicago Tribune movie listings for several years. It’s actually Google Maps that is messed up. I’ve noticed a lot lately even when you put in the correct, exact address it’ll map the location to a completely different street, even when Google Maps has the correct street photographed.
Both the Plaza and the Raleigh Springs are listed on CT. Not sure how you didn’t find them if you searched.
From the Chicago Tribune dated March 9, 1999:
“18-SCREEN LOEWS THEATER SET TO OPEN FRIDAY
Loews Cineplex Entertainment is holding an invitation-only opening Tuesday of its Loews Wooodridge Theatre, 10000 Woodward Ave., Woodridge. The 18-screen theater will open to the public on Friday. The theater will feature larger screens, state-of-the-art projection and technology, and stadium-style seating."
An ad in the Chicago Tribune dated Sept. 7, 1975 states that:
“Essaness theaters will open its Diana Twin theater at Halsted and 178th Streets in Washington Sqaure Mall on Sept. 19. It will be the 10th theater for the chain.”
It truly is a horrible marquee, but the interior restoration is really something to see. Dark, I agree with the name. Even something like the Bank of America Majestic or Shubert Theatre would have been a nice compromise, even thought that would be almost as wordy as the Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre.
This photo shows State and Randolph Streets in 1967. Besides the Oriental, you can see the Woods and United Artists marquees in the background, as well as the Sherman Hotel.
An August 27th, 1960 article in the Chicago Tribune says construction began on the Lawrencewood Shopping Center, and lists its anchor tenants as Goldblatt’s, Kresge’s, and Walgreen Drugs. It talks about a “continuous canopy shelter” with piped in FM music heard in the stores and mall area. The mall was expected to be complete by “late 1962”.
An October 12, 1962 Tribune story says a Red Owl Supermarket, the eleventh in the Chicagoland area, opened at the Lawrencewood Shopping Center including a Dressel bakery.
A Bond’s Store opened at Lawrencewood in March of 1963, according to a March 13th story in the Tribune. It would be the ninth Bond’s in Chicagoland.
Kresge replaced its store at the mall with its Jupiter brand of discount stores in March of 1964, along with a number of other Kresge stores in the Chicago area, a March 8th 1964 story in the Tribune notes.
Ground was broken October 8, 1964 by officials from Kohlberg Theatres, the Lawrencewood Shopping Center and the Village of Niles, for the Lawrencewood Theatre, which would open in January of 1965, according to a short blurb in the Tribune.
From 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore’s website:
“Rogers Park Business Alliance FUNdraiser at the New Mayne Stage
Get a sneak peak at the new Mayne Stage (formerly the Morse Theater) and help a great cause at the same time. The Rogers Park Business Alliance is hosting its Annual FUNdraiser at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 28th, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
You will be wined and dined with food from Rogers Park restaurants and complimentary beer and wine. Samba music and dancing by Bossa Tres and an amazing silent auction are also on deck. Tickets are just $75."
Here is an undated vintage photo of the grand staircase from the Newhouse-designed third incarnation of the McVickers Theatre.
The Chicago Tribune dated 8/22/13:
MOTION PICTURE OPERATOR ELECTROCTED; ACTORS IN DARK PREVENT RUSH
A severe electrical storm accompanied by high wind and hail marked a path across the south part of Chicago last night…A motion picture operator was electrocuted as he operated his machine at the Langley Hippodrome at Sixty-third street and Langley avenue. James Lovelle, 1127 Winona avenue, motion picture operator, electrocuted…
This is a great view of the Dearborn Street facade of the United Artists, circa 1979.