United Artists Theatre

45 W. Randolph Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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RickB on August 7, 2011 at 8:40 am

The “Rally Round The Flag Boys” picture may be seen here. Thanks to archive.org for having old versions of the theater page, making a search possible. The picture was originally listed as appearing courtesy of Fred R. Krauss; perhaps if someone in charge asks Mr. Krauss nicely he will let the site use it again.

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Here is a photo of the Apollo

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Here is a rendering of the Apollo

Broan on July 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Here is a 1964 view

DavidZornig on June 23, 2011 at 8:10 am

Apparently since the revamp of Cinema Treasures, it seems whatever the last photo posted in the new format, is what appears as the theater’s profile pic. Also it seems to maybe change, with whatever the last pic looked at by any member was. Though I’m not sure.

Pictures that are posted within the text of a members comments, don’t seem to get added to the new photo section too. As evidenced by telliots June 22nd above comment, with picture of the cherry picker changing the marquee.

What I’d say you should probably try doing, is sifting through all the old comments. And finding that “Rally Round The Flag Boys” picture in whatever comment it was originally in. Then download it, and re-post it to the new photos section for this theater. And then hope it remains as the profile pic.

telliott on June 23, 2011 at 7:34 am

I was wondering what happened to the terrific photo of this theatre from the old Cinema Treasures site showing “Rally Round the Flag Boys” on the marquee? That was a great shot.

RickB on April 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm

The picture above is probably from early 1962—the UA marquee shows One, Two, Three with James Cagney while the Woods has Rita Hayworth and Rex Harrison in The Happy Thieves. Both are dated as 1961 films, but The Happy Thieves has a January 1962 release date.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Really cool picture. That block in the foreground was gone before my time. It looks much bigger with Daley Plaza on it.

JAlex on April 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

Does anyone know when the vertical was removed?

TLSLOEWS on April 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

You are right Mike,only a few loose letters,maybe it was a windy day,it is a great shot.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm

That is WHAT I CALL A MARQUEE,thanks Bryan great shot.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm

In the above photo, the 1872-1874, Julius H. Huber, Wheelock & Thomas, Delaware Building on the corner, now has a McDonalds in it. The building to it’s right is the ford center for the performing arts ORIENTAL THEATRE. The building behind the Delaware Building is also part of the ORIENTAL THEATRE. It is the 1907-1908 Holabird & Roche, Oliver Typewiter Co. Building. In the 1990s, when the ORIENTAL THEATRE wanted to expand its backstage area, Architect Daniel P. Coffey came up with a design plan that used the Oliver Building, while preserving the building’s Dearborn Street facade and a portion of its alley facade.

CSWalczak on February 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I remember when it was exciting just to walk around State, Randolph, and Dearborn with all of those theater marquees ablaze. I would trade that clunky Block 37 monstrosity with its pretentious and useless collection of overpriced stores for the return of the Roosevelt and the United Artists any day.

JudithK on May 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Block 37 finally did open again after an extraordinary delay in 2010. I must admit that it looks much better than it did when the United Artists theatre was still there (though I kind of liked the UA). The last time I was in the UA was in 1972 for a showing of “Cabaret”.

KenC on April 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Bryan- thanks for sharing that great photo. That double feature played from January 4 to the 17th, 1980. Notice the 3 sets of steel doors facing the street. On Friday and Saturday nights, when there was a full- or almost full- house, the ushers would open those side doors. That way, the audience from the main floor- and the balcony,too- could easily exit onto Dearborn, thus avoiding the crowd lined up on Randolph, tickets in hand, waiting for the next showing. To Mike- in May of 1968, was Morrie still taking tickets? Was Eddie still working as a porter? And was Mr. Milstein still a manager? By the early 70s he was one of the managers of the Loop theatre. In late 1964, ushers started at 80 cents an hour. After 6 months, you got 90 cents. “Candy girls” got $1.00 hour; ticket sellers $1.25- if memory serves.

kencmcintyre on April 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Sorry, the Woods photo should be on a different page.

barryr on December 30, 2009 at 9:16 am

Hey David Zornig, I had the same observation about KenMc’s 04/11/09 post with the photo link: that “Diamonds Are Forever” is playing at the Woods (in fact I almost hyperventilated when I saw it). That was where I first saw “Diamonds” with my dad around Christmas of ‘71—an event that kick-started my life-long obsession with all things 007. Also saw “Live and Let Die” and “Man With The Golden Gun” there on their first runs, as well as a re-release double feature of “Thunderball” and “You Only Live Twice.” Sorry to prattle on about the Woods on the United Artists page—but I remember that all these Loop theaters were unavoidably linked out of sheer proximity!

mike52ad on November 23, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I worked at the UA from May of 1968 to around July of 1970,eventually becoming the head usher or “Chief of Service.” Most of the ushers back then were paid 95 sents an hour, as chief I was paid about 1.25 per hour. The people in the projection booth, a union job, were paid $25 per hour and the theater had a union “stage hand” whose salary I don’t really know, but I knew their job was to open and close the curtain and turn the house lights on and off, the rest of the time was his own. The popcorn wasn’t really inventoried, as it cost probably less than a dollar to make a bag three feet high and around 15 inches across. But popcorn cups and soda cups were counted. I remember afternoons in the basement counting hotdogs and writing how many were in each box. Some of the hot dogs I counted in 1970 were probably there when the UA was torn down – they used to keep recycling those dogs until they were all wrinkled and dry! But the work was easy, the hardest job being taking the film canisters up three stories to the booth…you didn’t think those union men would do that now did you? It was a great time and my movie pass got me into to see a lot of flicks for free. The UA was the best theatre downtown, the seat rows were set farther apart and the place was more comfortable. Too bad it got tore down. I guess they knew what they were doing when the the downtown theatres led a petition drive to ban cable – which they called “pay TV” becasue it would put them out of business. Guess they were right!

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on October 29, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I have a very fond memory of the United Artitsts Theatre. Back in the summer of 1980 I was watching Channel 2 news and Gene Siskel was doing a report on the cult classic I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. Both he and Roger Ebert were labeling the movie as the worst movie of all time. Mr. Siskel was so incensed by the movie that he took a camera crew to the United Artists Theatre and stood outside the box-office and tried to talk patrons out of going inside. Of course, they didn’t listen to him. Later, Gene took his case to a Plitt Theatre executive and this particular executive agreed to pull the film out of the United Artists “in the best of the public interest.” What a crusader!

vicboda on October 5, 2009 at 10:06 am

I think this was my favorite of the Loop theaters. It was really beautiful and somehow felt a little smaller than the rest. A real jewel.