CIBC Theatre

18 W. Monroe Street,
Chicago, IL 60603

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OeOeO on May 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm

Does anyone know when they ever screened films here? I always remember it as live theater. I would be interested to see history and photos of the Erlanger and Great Northern as well. Does anyone know if the THSA archives data on live stage theaters in addition to movie houses? Thanks in advance.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Shubert, like the showmen; not Schubert, like the composer.

SPearce on February 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm

My dentist, Doc Schwartz, was the first trumpet in the Orchestra of the Schubert Theater and played with it for many seasons (over 20, I would think), retiring, I think, with “Hello Dolly.” He was feted during that run and the cast attended the party.

He told me stories of his trumpeting days (his first love). His family wanted the children all to become professionals so he chose to become a dentist but still played trumpet secondarily, on radio broadcasts beginning in the ‘20s (with studio bands or as a soloist closing the broadcast night out after the music feeds ended from NY). I asked him if he had his own sheet music then and he said, “sheet music?” They were jazz musicians! His office was on the north side at Lawrence and Damen, but he grew up on the south side and he and his friends would steal out of their parents tenement apts and flats late at night to crawl along parapets and L sidings and other rooflines to reach the fire escape of the big (Savoy?) ballroom and lift the windows, or even climb in and sit way up in the rafters, to hear the great jazz musicians play, after whom they would pattern themselves and teach themselves; that being the way they set their own standards. He told me he heard King Oliver and (adding with disdain, as to virtuoso skill) his “insignificant” second trumpet, Louis Armstrong. (In musicology it is my understanding even Mr. Armstrong did not classify himself at the level of King Oliver.)

I saw “Hello Dolly” at the Schubert. I am not sure if I saw “Fiddler on the Roof” there or elsewhere. In high school I and some friends were offered the opportunity to be ushers for Flower Drum Song (probably late 1961-63) and then view it for free. I think that was at the Schubert, but am not certain. After accepting our assignments and heading way up a long, narrow stairwell to the top balcony where we were to work, as we reached the last part of the upper stairwell, one of my two friends told me she suffered from “vertigo” and couldn’t go on, which caused my curtness to rise to the occasion. I was accused of being unsympathetic.

Perhaps, if it hasn’t been renamed yet from its corporate moniker, it might be given a name representing continuity from its past into its future.

Broan on January 21, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Some research has indicated that Rapp’s involvement may have been limited to the elaborately themed and now lost mens and women’s lounges

Broan on January 21, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Here is a better scan of the Majestic Bar’s interior. Again, this is now the ticket lobby.

Broan on October 6, 2007 at 3:22 pm

Although the merger has been ongoing since April, Lasalle Bank is now officially part of Bank of America and will soon be rebranded accordingly; presumably, the theater will follow suit. Let’s all hope it becomes the Bank of America Majestic Theatre.

RickB on July 30, 2007 at 7:06 pm

“Citi Wang” would be bad enough, but “Wang Citi” would be even worse…

AdoraKiaOra on July 29, 2007 at 1:35 pm

It can only look better than it did before. Verty depressing place when i sat there in the mid 90s.

CHICTH74 on July 28, 2007 at 9:17 pm

Yes it does i was thinking right along thoes lines !!! LOL
My question is this is their some one involved in the planing or the nameing pros. that looks at what the name will be?
So that situations like this would not happen?

Also can you invision CITI-WANG THEATRE emblazened across a marquee or up on a vert. sign ? LOL

Thank you for you time and have a good day :)

hanksykes on July 28, 2007 at 4:27 pm

Chicagoins cheer up! It could be worse in Boston the glorious Metropolitan Th. first became the Wang Center to salute the computor corporation who greatly helped with the renovation. Now, the theatre is becoming the Citi-Wang Theatre to honor the Citi Bank which has given money, it sounds like the title of a porno film, Citi-Wang!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 30, 2007 at 7:04 pm

Tonight on WBEZ Radio (NPR in Chicago) I heard that the Bank of Scotland is also interested in acquiring LaSalle Bank. What would the theatre be called then?

“Gee dad it was a WurliTzer!”

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 24, 2007 at 5:14 am

G. Feret, I don’t know how much help this is, but MY FAIR LADY was not released until October 21, 1964.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, This Is CINERAMA!”

RickB on April 24, 2007 at 4:27 am

With yesterday’s announcement that Bank of America will be acquiring LaSalle Bank, it looks like this theater will get another new name…

AdoraKiaOra on March 21, 2007 at 4:34 pm

Thank goodness for this renovation or whatever you want to call it but at least it looks like a theatre again. The Shubert and the Golden Gate in San Francisco are the most depressing theatres to see a show! Now lets get The Gate looking grand again!

GFeret on January 11, 2007 at 2:30 pm

They have to call it the LASALLE BANK THEATER; is it a bank, or a theater; a theater or a bank, etc. 2 mints in one!

The description says it sometimes played films. This jogs my memory that MY FAIR LADY was road-showed there (1963). Si? No?

Broan on December 3, 2006 at 10:03 pm

Here are photos of this theater.

Broan on November 27, 2006 at 8:36 pm

The building has just been dramatically cleaned and had its Terra Cotta repaired. The scaffolding is down and it looks wonderful, aside from that silly marquee.

Broan on November 1, 2006 at 2:56 pm

Here is a postcard view of the Majestic building.

Broan on August 20, 2006 at 1:50 pm

Here is an early interior view of the Majestic Bar, which is the space that was recently incorporated into the lobby as a lounge and box office. All of it is gone now except the ceiling, but it seems that nobody realized even that was there until the restoration started.

CHICTH74 on June 12, 2006 at 10:33 am

Thank You for the information i will have it look in to the Studerbaker/Playhouse theatre.
I know that what is now the “Artest`s cafe” was whare the Studerbaker showroom was that is why the buld. is called the Sudebaker Buld.
And on the corner of Michigan/Vanburen i think that is some kind of private club. that was the sight of the 1st art instute, then they moved it to the present lo cal. Whare the Art Instute sits now was a structure theat was the setting for a Opera fest.
Witch was how the Auditorium Theatre came to be the Opera Company had no real home and a man named F.Peck came up with the idea for the theatre.
And here we are to day.
But i will check out the Studebaker/playhouse.
Thank you for your time and space.:)

Broan on June 12, 2006 at 4:08 am

That is strange. I think the Studebaker/Playhouse theaters next to the auditorium would predate it as well. Maybe they just didn’t do their homework. The ticket scanners are really to avoid counterfeit tickets. That way, once a given barcode is scanned, they can be sure no one else comes in with a copy. It also lets people use print-at-home tickets, which are increasingly popular.

CHICTH74 on June 11, 2006 at 10:42 pm

A few “COMMENTS” about the new LaSalle Bank Theatre…..
I just finshed waching the 190n special on it and here are my comments.
I like the new paint i think that thay did a good job in the auditorium, The seats look soft and comfortable, I do not care for the top of the marquee from my point of view the top of the marquee looks like the grill off of a old car. And i ask this question….
All through the 190n show they kept on saying the the Majestic,Shubert LaSalle Bank Theatre or what ever you want to call it was the oldest theatre at time of compleation is this true?

I mean what about Adler and Sulivans “AUDITORIUM THEATRE” (50 E.Congress PWK.) That whole bulding the hotel and the theatre were compleated in somthing like 1888-1889. Can some one please make some sence out of this for me?
Also i have to ask this question,what is going on with the “Handheld ticket scanners” i my oppnion the scanners are to be used in a venue like a ballpark or some other large venue not in a theatre certany not in a theatre that seats something like 2,000 people.
Just my POV THANK YOU for you time and space.

CHICTH74 on June 11, 2006 at 2:27 pm

Well all that i have to say is thank you.
And it is nice to hear that at least the name of the Majestic is going to be used in some form. I have not realy looked at the marquee that well i will have to look for it later or to night when 190n does the show on it,i have heard that the marquee is “something to see”! the reason i think is to get more people over there becuse if you can recall eather in winter or when the weather is bad it is very dark around their and thay want people to be able to find it.

Just a Thought. Thanks

Thank You For Your Time.

Broan on June 10, 2006 at 10:48 pm

Well, Shubert had become something of a misnomer, because the Shubert organization had sold the theater to the Nederlanders (basically their broadway arch-rivals) in the early 90s; however, they never changed the name. The Majestic name hadn’t been used for the theatre since the early 1930s – although the office building had retained it – so there was little pressure to use that, especially considering that the new hotel in the former office building is going to be, I think, Hampton Suites at the Majestic Building. Considering Lasalle Bank was forking over so much to renovate it, it must have seemed fitting to rename it that way. I really don’t like the new marquee, though. It looks goofy and doesn’t really resemble any of the historic marquees except the Shubert one, only with the added odd curvy thing on top. One nice touch, though, is that the bottom of the canopy is modeled after the original metal that had been left in place all those years, exposed during the renovation. [url=]Here]Here} is the article i’ve mostly paraphrased that covers it well.

CHICTH74 on June 10, 2006 at 8:54 pm

Thank you for explaning now that makes it a bit more lucid to me.
One other thing,do you know if the first name was even thought to be used? The Palace , and The Orential have their “first” names in on the marquee just wondering why the Majestic name or for the mater the shubert names were not kept?