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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Feb 18, 2011 at 12:30 am

Scott & Anita, Do any of you remember the Three Stooges appearing on the Marbro stage in the early 50’s? I heard today from someone who said they did three appearances in one day before the movie starting with the Chicago Theatre, then to the Uptown Theatre and then on west to the Marbro. I don’t remember except I know the theater would sometimes put on a “Stooge” short along with many cartoons on a Saturday afternoon. So I assume it was probably a Saturday.

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Feb 18, 2011 at 12:21 am

Scott, Actually it did look the same as the last time I past by about five years ago. I understand from people that know, the Patio is all cleaned up and repainted just awaiting an occupancy license
from the City of Chicago to re-open their doors. You would think the city would put that matter on a fast-tract to get the many businesses that are closed around there to re-open and get the money flowing again. But again as you mentioned, its not a priority and there must be globs of red tape. Good Luck to them really!!

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:06 am

Scott, the site looks dismal to say the least. It is still used as a storage/dumping ground for industrial equipment. Lots of pipes etc. Next time I pass I will look to find a name on a trailer. Maybe the city owns it for back taxes. Wonder if the basement under the lobby is still there? Speaking of the city, they are dragging “their feet” in issuring the Patio Theatre a license. So the re-opening is put on hold for now.

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Feb 16, 2011 at 11:50 pm

When did Keith-Albee go their own way? I remeber going to B.F. Keith’s in Washington D.C. in the 70’s. I also saw the last days of the RKO ALBEE in Cinn. just before they locked it up and started demo along with the Gibson hotel next door. It was some block!

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Feb 10, 2011 at 7:54 am

Thanks for the update… They sure knew how to design and build them didn’t they? Just this photo proves what a magical place this once was and should be retained for the future. Very few buildings today give you the “wow” factor when you enter them. No wonder people cherished them so much.

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Feb 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Scott, the Guyon has scaffoldling around it like something was going to happen to it years ago like you mentioned. But it looks like the money dried up and they just walked away. Well in 20 years since you drove around there, not much has changed. At least the businesses are open and lit up. There was traffic because it was rush hour even though it was dark I didn’t feel I would get in trouble. Actually Lake St. & Pulaski looked far worse and in very sad shape. It is real hard to imagine a glorious movie palace once graced this corner of the world. Oh to ride one of those streetcars again!!

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Feb 9, 2011 at 10:53 pm

My brothers were in the leagues at Cascade Lanes but I forgot the name before Anita mentioned it. It was very well populated as I recall. The store was A&P I bet. I don’t recall the National except for the one on Cicero south of Madison St. I always thought the National Tea store was the store that replaced the Paradise Theatre. But maybe I was wrong. I do remember going into a Kroger but I don’t know where it was. Loved the candy stores, Dutch Mill and all those soda fountains!!! Scott never had a green river Anita. Explain to him what he missed…

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Feb 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Scott, I wonder where the millions went or what pockets it landed in for the re-hab of the Guyon. It looked like a bomb was dropped on it. I loved the Coronado. I am going to join the orgsn group next time I go. Only $10 a year and they had wonderful coffee & sweets 30 min before the concert. Very well attended I thought from local people on a frigid morning. Well worth the drive and the plaster work was a sensation. Now that you mentioned it, I could see a little Roxy influence. Its a glorious temple and would love to watch a real film on the screen. I went to Loews Jersey site and saw their classic film events and organ programs. Quite impressive. I have to ask next time if the Coronado does film. Hope you can make the Fox next month Scott..

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BobbyS commented about Alex Theater on Feb 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm

The only reason the governor turned down the grant, I believe, is the state would have to match it and of course operate the system when it got started. And we all know about low ridership etc. I think Mayor Daley floated the idea a few years ago and was voted down. They went for express buses instead (cheaper and less invasive). Nothing like tracks I say! Where you ever in the Ventian Theater in Racine? I have seen parts of it in Fred’s basement Bijou.
I loved taking the North Shore Line to Milwaukee and visiting all the movie palaces there and restaurants.

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Feb 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

OOP’s, I thought I was on the Alex site…. I will work on posting that pix.

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Feb 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I am going to ask some people who know all about the internet, not me
I am new at all this, and see if I can somehow post my picture of the Alex on this site. Maybe you can use it in your report. It certainly wasn’t one of the palaces, but it did serve the community well and was well attended as I recall.

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BobbyS commented about Alex Theater on Feb 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Nice to hear from you Trolleyguy. I read somewhere where Rahm Emanuel has a soft spot for light rail. If he becomes mayor, I think West Madison St. doesn’t have a chance, but maybe, just maybe, there would be hope to restore the trolley on State St. going down to Soldier Field and Navy Pier and then west to the train stations in the west loop. Wouldn’t that make a great loop? I think the ridership would be there during the day and even at night when the theaters let out. They could travel down Randolph to the train stations and then back on Washington to State St. Funding might be a problem however..

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BobbyS commented about Patio Theatre on Feb 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Demetri, I wonder how the Pickwick theater does it in Park Ridge. They show first-run and have a pretty good attendance. I pay $5 because I am a senior citizen, but I see plenty of younger people there when the new film opens. I think the community would pay it. After all, the muli-plexes charge almost $10 and they could never give you the experience of your beautiful theater! But of course, I am prejudice. I think the Patio is a national treasure!

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BobbyS commented about Patio Theatre on Feb 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm

A first-run film in a beautiful theater with a great screen and a pipe organ before the feature! Sounds like 1950’s Chicago! I am sure this will be a big hit not just for the neighborhood but for all of Chicago! The best of luck, and I and my friends will be regular patrons. Looking forward..

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BobbyS commented about Byrd Theatre on Feb 6, 2011 at 1:54 am

The Bryd was renamed “PEPE” in the last years. They just put the letters over the BRYD name and showed Spanish films. I was long gone by then, but I do have a picture with the PEPE name. I wish I knew how to post a picture on this page. The Bryd was a fun place to see all your friends and scream together for the horror flicks..

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BobbyS commented about Alex Theater on Feb 6, 2011 at 1:48 am

The Alex was wild and as far as rats, I think some of them paid admission and sat in the seats! Didn’t go there too often. I liked the Crawford around the corner and of course the Marbro & Paradise. Isn’t it strange, the Alex was the last movie theater to survive in an area that had so many.

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BobbyS commented about Byrd Theatre on Feb 6, 2011 at 1:40 am

Hi Anita! I remember seeing the horror film “Them” at the Byrd. The theater was full of kids and it was a blast on Saturdays. Usually double bills and drive-in type of movies. I have been afraid of ants ever since! I thought I saw “King Kong” there on a re-re-release or it could have been the State. Went to every movie theater on Madison St. all the time sometimes two in a day via the streetcar lines. I loved all the candy :Milk Duds. Halloway bars and of course the real butter popcorn…..Um-m-m-m-m.

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BobbyS commented about Patio Theatre on Feb 6, 2011 at 12:45 am

Great photos jwballer. The marquee needs freshning up. Looking forward to attending this theater. Will they be showing first-run, 2nd-run or classic cinema?

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Feb 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

You are sure on target Anita when you talk about the real estate agents. We started getting “flyers” in the mail as eary as 1955 telling us to sell before everything comes crashing down. I am sure they made a fortune on scaring people and businesses. If we all held on, maybe we could have prevented it from moving so fast. But everybody on my block were moving up to the North Side of Chicago and my family didn’t want to be left out. I remeber seeing all these moving vans week after week. I am not surprised the neighbood never re-built. No money, the city is dead broke. Maybe Rahm has new ideas. We’ll have to wait. We switched to going to the State Theater on Sundays because afterwards, we always went to Ray Foley’s for dinner. My mother loved the Prime Rib, as I did and their wonderful
horseradish. I loved the red booths. We were regulars when they moved north at Touhy & Lincoln. The State Theatre is long gone, but the building where Ray Foley’s was still stands as a reminder of better times.. I feel like I just met an old friend Anita!

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Feb 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I do remember the Red Goose shoe store and remember buying shoes. I loved going to St. Philips Basilca when the Knights of Columbus would march and we would go to the Easter services because some relatives went there and we would light up the candles and they turned off the church lights. I felt like I was in heaven! I look around at my great neices and nephews deep into their personal DVD players and on their phones texting to each other sitting on a couch, and I think you have no idea what you missed. The fact that they nothing to say proves I am right. I cried when told we were moving because of the neighborhood changing. It was a magical place and we were magical people!

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Feb 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Anita, What a memory!! I had forgot half the names you mentioned. But I remember them all. Loved the Martinique and the green river shakes and the Dutch Mill candy stores and the dime stores and the opening of Goldblatt’s and all the personal appearences. This was a kid’s paradise. Couldn’t wait to get up in the morning to head down there!~I know you are giving Scrabble and many of us a thrill!

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Feb 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Wecome Anita to our blog!! Your restaurant was across the atreet form the Marbro and a block down. It might still be there. When Scott or someone else reads this, I am sure they will help you. I know if you go to Madison Crawford or East Garfield Pk, you can take a photo tour of the street today. I bet we ate in your restaurant many times. I bet Scrabble would remember. I am looking for a color photo of the Marbro marquee myself. I too had relatives at St.Mel’s.

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Feb 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Scrabble, I think you & I & Scott are the only ones that really love and remember those times at that intersection and that time! I have been to many places since those days, but nothing warms my heart as remembering going shopping with my mother for a special outfit at all the wonderful stores and shoe salons and seeing a movie at the Matbro or Paradise and a quick bit to eat or a soda at the Walgreens on the corner.. THOSE WERE THE DAYS…….

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Feb 4, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I just met someone and we were talking about the Madison Crawford shopping district. He told me he took his date to the Marbro Theatre for a matinee and after the movie they went to The Three Sister’s store on the corner of Madison/Crawford and bought her a pink angora sweater. They have been married for 60 years. Longer than the Marbro Theatre existed!!

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Feb 4, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I just met someone and we were talking about the Madison Crawford shopping district. He told me he took his date to the Marbro Theatre for a matinee and after the movie they went to The Three Sister’s store on the corner of Madison/Crawford and bought her a pink angora sweater. They have been married for 60 years. Longer than the Marbro Theatre existed!!