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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Aug 30, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Scott, Already two years! Time sure does fly. The only way a grant will be given I believe if there is a movement to spearhead a major growth program. That could be if the economy picks up. After all they are given a grant to “study” a high speed rail link to St. Louis
And it will be in the millions. The whole line itself will be in the billions and billions of dollars if built. Would be fun to ride. Would you pick me up at the station?

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Aug 28, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Scott, I forgot about the acoustics. But with rock bands, I don’t see much of a concern. They are playing at Leow’s Paradise in NY.
Why did Jam buy the building if not to re-opn it? Was it that much of a good price not to ignore it? I hear the alderwoman who was
behind the Uptown all these years is not seeking re-election next year. I wonder what an impact that will be for the theater.

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Aug 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Scott, the building is owned by Bank of America and I don’t know who is putting on the films. It was Chuck Shaden some 30 years ago. Lasalle bank(former ownwers) continued the policy for good advertising. It is the oldest continuing classic film presentation
in Chicago area. They have a great loyal crowd who seems to know everythere there. But these are tough times here and cost-cutting is the name of the game. We shall see. The films are usually first-class prints and tbey have a great projection. I’ll keep you informed. If you want to help, please call Bank of America at
773 777-7200 or 773 777 7700 and tell them they should keep this valuable series. That goes for anyone out there too who are interested in clasic films and the theaters that presented them.

BobbyS
BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Aug 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Scott, I have a different opinion. The Granada was really more Spanish than Western. And I believe there are Mosques in Spain.
Also I think it would have made a gorjous house of worship. You should have seen how Loew’s 175th looked. A big electric cross on the stage with all the drapery intact! Even though they might have gotten the building and I agree with you, Loyola would never have done it, there is the upkeep problem: the roof repairs, the heating and cooling bills, electric bills and insurance. The same old story
just like a big old movie theater. However, there would be a lot more people involved giving $$$$. The floor could have been leveled
for the prayer hall and on and on and on…. I just wish it was saved and sometimes it is nice to “dream” that it could have been.
Anything new about the Uptown? Just imagine if the Paradise was built up there and the Uptown building was built on the West Side!
We would be talking about a whole different “ball game” wouldn’t we?

BobbyS
BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Aug 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Scott, It really isn’t a theater theater. More like an auditorium.
But it does have drapes a large screen, great sound, and a wonderful
billing. Usually a cartoon, short and then the feature. The man who does the programming also does facets theater on the north side.
The area has too amny branches since BOA bought alot of them and there is no need for all the counters for tellers. Maybe the Patio might take up the slack if the cinema closes. The only reason the building is open is for the cinema on Sat nights. They have a contract thru Dec 2010. But I think they would like to close it immediately; electricity, insurance etc. A very large parking lot sits behind the building. Only trouble is real estate has taken a dive here in Chicago and is real grim to say the least!

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Aug 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Scott, I often thought if the Paradise or the Marbro had been built in another location or city, it might be a opera house or church
today. I just heard on the radio that the Muslim community want to build a Mosque at the corner od Sheridan Rd. and Pratt. The neighbors are up in arms beacuse of the lack of parking in the area and no taxes coming from it. The building is a five story apartment building with a vacant space on the first floor corner. Too bad they didn’t buy the Granada for $400,000 (the asking price at that time) in 1990. What a beautiful Mosque that would have been. Of course since Loyola owned the lot, it probably never would have happened!!!

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Aug 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Scott, I heard this week-end that the organ is still at the Patio. Also the owner said he has taken good care of the building every week with the intention of going in partnership with his son and could open it on short notice. Sounds promising!!!!

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Aug 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I am trying to learn how to copy a picture of the Tiffin for Scott and Scrabbie and put it here. Glad to see you are back Scott. I thought maybe you were ill. I like our “chats”. Never been to the Plaza and never heard of it. I’ll ask my good friend who knows every
theater in Chicago a then some and has scores and scores of picture
books and details. I just heard that Bank of America wants to “pull
the plug” of their classic cinema series on Sat nights. It is on Irving Pk. near Cicero. Ever been there? Nice 500 seat theater built on the second floor. Building and parking lot for sale. Opened over 30 years ago as Northwest Federal Savings with Chuck Shaden.

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Aug 18, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I passed the Patio Theatre this afternoon on west Irving Pk. and they started working on repairing the marquee. It was hit by a truck or something high and smashed in on one side. The doors were opened and looked like a constuction crew was inside. So now it looks like a go. I would imagine it will be quite a few weeks before it is ready. It was closed for 9 years and will take a while to find new homes for the many rats that live there. Wonder if it still has the
organ?

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Aug 16, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Scott, Thanks for info about the Rockne. I was only there once I believe. It was converted to a church and was torn down rather recently as the neighborhood got worse, if thats possible. I can’t believe the Pulaski and Madison area getting any lower. Probably in 20 years or so, the area will be redeveloped. But I find that hard to imagine. Did you ever travel to Lawndale? I read about all the lack of grocery stores in these areas and how the people can’t shop in a decent store and that is how Walmart is needed so badly. Well,
I can tell you that we left the area with plenty of stores and churches and movie theaters and what became of those establishments
is what the new crowd did to them. There is nothing more to say…

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Aug 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Scott, I thought the same thing too. Lots of cops walking the beat in the 20’s. Maybe no one looked up. He said lots of kids did it in all the buildings going on then. He said the dome changed colors when the Marbro opened. Anyone remember the Will Rodgers Theatre?
Belmont and Central. We had relatives there also and you guessed it,
they put us all in the show on a sat or sun to watch a movie or two and drown ourselves in popcorn and candy. I remember riding home with a tummy ache in the car. I am glad there wasn’t anything like cell phones or watching a dvd on a gadget in the back of the auto.
I wouldn’t have missed seeing all those movie palaces for anything!!!!

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Aug 10, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Scott, my dad and uncle were daring guys. I don’t know if the parents ever knew about that at the time, but I did remember them speaking about it years later. I asked how did you get up there? They said the scaffold and ladders were all in place when the workers went home for the night. All they did was climb them. Not only were they in the dome, but in the oval cut-outs just at the top of the facade. They would play “cops & robbers”. I said weren’t you afraid coming down especially if the sun was setting. They said it never bothered them. Good training for the army years later I bet.
Can you image on a resume: Climbing the Marbro Theater in Chicago!

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Aug 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Scott, The Manor was on North Avenue and Central. We would go when we visited friends. All the parents gathered the kids and dropped them off to the local theater to “get them out of their hair” for a few hours. Five cartoons and a double feature would do it. I mainly
stayed around Madison St. for films. B&K State was as far west we would go. My brothers would always insist me to come along only beacause they got more money for treats from our parents. I hated John Wayne and all those damn indians and all the rest of those cowboy movies. But they bribed me and I tried to bring a friend along. The Manor was a nice size house and was converted to a banquet
dinning hall in the 60’s. The lobby was good and the marquee was saved and called “Ferera Manor” and retainted all the chasers and the vertical. By the way, I did see John Wayne there along with Davy
Crockette. It was no Paradise or Marbro and I was glad to get back to them. Did you ever go to the “Rockne” on Division west of Austin?
The vertical was larger then the theater. Maybe it was named after Knute! I spent half of my childhood being shuttled from one theater
to another. And you know what, I wouldn’t have changed a thing…..

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Aug 9, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Scott, I never went. Went to the Manor on North Ave.
I have a great picture for you of the Tiffin theater.

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Aug 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Scott, my grandmother was sort of a prude you might say, She probably
knew of Sophie from the newspapers and of course no tv. I have no idea if she ever heard a record or two. Maybe they went there for the film and the stage show happened to have her on bill. I remembered the story. Also living two blocks from the Marbro, my dad told me he and his older brother watched it being built in the 20’s and even climbed up the building when the workers left and played in the dome on top of the facade. One can only imagine the joy to the neighborhood when all this excitement and fun came to Madison St.

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Aug 6, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Probably the most sad of all, our beautiful Paradise didn’t even last 30 years. I remembered when I told you my dad and his brothers went opening week, his mother and her daughters went to the Marbro to see Sophie Tucker. My Grandmother hated it. They had to sit high up in the balcony because the place was packed. She came out in a red dress with red feathers and started to “revolve” her hips and sing suggestive songs according to Granny. She was appalled. Imagine back in ‘28 & 29" both of these two palaces were packed up to the top!

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Aug 6, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Scott, It amazes me that there was only a 6 year period when one chain tried to outdo another one by building the most ornate and stunning movie palace with one being larger than the one just opened. Like there was no tomorrow and the audiences were to ever come in large crowds. I suppose the thought of tv never entered their minds even though it was on the horizon. You are right, the Granada should have been incorperated into something with that large
amount of people in that area. Also it is still a nice neighborhood.

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Aug 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Scott, I am glad you got to see the Lans Theatre. This computer age is wonderful isn’t it? I just started computer classes and I will eventually learn to scan photos and put them on a link. I want you to see the Senate and the Crawford theaters of course our Bryd.
Too bad many theaters worn torn down to make way for stupid parking lots or some other cause. The Granada should be there today and the building built around it. It was a gem never to built again!!

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Aug 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Scott, the Lansing theatre is located in downtown Lansing, Il.
It was a nice house with a large screen, no stage. Was very popular til the mid 50’s and I believe closed in the 70’s. The screen was removed and converted to a pizza parlor with teir seating on many levels. The organ is great and has all the pipes exposed with many lights flashing at times. I think you would enjoy it. The original marquee is still used and the box office is there. If you are ever up north, it would be worth a visit.

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Aug 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm

The Patio had issues with the City Of Chicago about amusement tax I believe. The city is spending alot of money on street lamps and sidewalks along Irving Park Rd. Now that the City is in millions of dollars in the red, they are re-thinking their strict rules. We will
see. Patio is a nice house. Stadium seating in an earlier time. I think it also has a “sky” and “stars”. But I might be confusing with another. It has been a long time since I was in there. Yes Scott, I wish we were talking about the Marbro too- reopening. I would surely
attend, even if I had to hire a bodyguard. What about you???????

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Aug 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Scott, Dangerous isn’t the word… Suicide is more like it. But it would have been a hoot anyway. I will ask Richard at THS next time I see him about the basement which I still believe exits. Does he know you? Can I ask him for your address? Sometimes we meet at the former Lansing movie theater with a few friends. It is now a pizza parlour
with a big grand pipe organ and performances on Tues and Fri night 6-9pm. And the pizza is pretty good too. Beggers Pipe Organ Pizza!!!

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Aug 3, 2010 at 12:16 am

I am willing to show up on a Saturday morning with a wheelbarow and
a shovel to start digging. How about it Scott and Lifes too short??
I am convinced the entire lower level is still there preserved for
future generations to ask “Did they really build something like this
just to show movies? I do remeber the murals and running through the tunnels in the balconey during intermissions. What a thrill!!!!

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Aug 3, 2010 at 12:00 am

Interesting data about the Uptown. I didn’t know about the larger
lobby going to Lawrence Ave. It did make sense in 1925 to think about the vertical cost and all the machinery to run, however why wasn't
the cost taken in to effect when they spent all that $$$ for the Paradise. Can you just imagine all the steel needed to support that thing!! Plus all that wiring for the sockets and the bulbs not to
mention the control board in the basement. Then you have the same
story for that fabulous marquee, miles and miles of wireing for the
sockets and the flashers. I heard the city went to the ownwers of the Patio. They want to get action back on Irving Rd.

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Jul 31, 2010 at 6:02 pm

continued…..So it is possible that the entire basement lobby is still there like some treasure in the Middle East. I guess B&K got so disgusted with the demolition that they just closed off the lower level in order to rent out the land for the grocery store. Joe told me that story. Did you hear that one before? Wouldn’t that be something if something was down there. Would you be willing to show up there with your shovel Scott? I did hear from neighbors at the time that parts of the grocery store flooring and walls were used in the building of the store. After all, if they can down to the Titanic anything is possible!

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Jul 31, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Scott, the same holds true for the Leow’s Paradise in the Bronx. The large university sits nearby and Bronx itself is very populated.
This is what saved it from demise I am sure. It is nothing like our corner of Madison & Pulaski today. I know I said it before, but why oh why did it have to go so very bad in such a fast way? Now for the tiles. The tiles may still be there under the dirt or whatever is on top of them today. You do know that the tiles were used for the flooring of the grocery store built on the Paradise’s site. The entire basement area under the lobby was never excavated and the staircase was just concreted over on the outside rear. So it is poppossible

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