Patio Theatre

6008 West Irving Park Road,
Chicago, IL 60634

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BobbyS on May 30, 2013 at 11:12 am

Thanks Broan, Good News.. There was a very good audience for Monday night and the theater looked beautiful.

Broan on May 30, 2013 at 9:42 am

It’ll be open for some special events however. Another Northwest Chicago Film Society screening is scheduled for Wednesday. I imagine this will continue as weather permits.

BobbyS on May 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I know the city doesn’t set rates, but didn’t the city just announce meters will be in use to 10pm nitely? What a killer for businesses……

Broan on May 25, 2013 at 7:40 pm

The Portage was closed by the owner. He could have remained open with the liquor license in limbo but chose not to. The city does not set the meter fees, Daley sold the meters to a private company.

BobbyS on May 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Another blow to Irving Park theaters, the Portage Theater was closed indefinetly by the City of Chicago today over liquor license problems with the new owners. This is bad news for the Portage. Theater was doing very well with the classic film series every week. So many factors are in play to keep these beautiful theaters open and running. It is a real uphill battle. The city really doesn’t give a damn or they would find ways to keep the area from becoming so blight. They are too busy trying to increase the parking meter fees so nobody wants to pay the insane high fees to attend a local movie house. No wonder so many empty storefronts surrounding these movie theaters. What a pity!!

RickB on May 25, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Theater will be closed for the summer due to a broken air conditioning system. DNAInfo story here.

TivFan on February 11, 2013 at 2:30 am

Take a look at “The Cost of History” featuring the Patio Theatre. Go to the CT home page and click on “Latest movie theater videos”.

LouRugani on February 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Here’s a memorial tribute to Mr. Alex Kouvalis, who I was fortunate to meet shortly after he took over the PATIO. Comments and tributes are welcome.

Trolleyguy on January 27, 2013 at 7:42 am

The digital projector has been in since November. Check the website.

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Life's Too Short on January 27, 2013 at 6:11 am

Digital projectors are in now from what I understand.

BobbyS on October 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm

True. Parking is free after 9pm where there is a paybox. What is insane is they have to be fed on Sunday. No wonder so many vacant storefronts on city streets. Why pay when suburbs are so easily gotten too. Sorry Rahm, this should have been overturned.

Broan on October 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Pearselives is correct, many pay zones are free after a certain time of night.

Cheryl44 on October 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm

You can’t park free anywhere in the city where there is a box on the street. No more free nights, no more free Sundays, no parking holidays.

RickB on August 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

A conversation with Patio owner Demetri Kouvalis about the digital conversion here.

pearselives1916 on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I love this place. As far as the parking goes, most people do not know that you can park on Irving for free after 9 on Fridays and Saturdays. There may be other days, but I’m not exactly sure. The paybox will say if payment is required or not. We always go to the later show and never have any issue parking directly across the street. There is usually plenty of parking in the neighborhood and on Austin as well. Just make sure that you aren’t in a permit area and come expecting a little bit of a walk just in case.

BobbyS on July 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I surely hope the former Norridge patrons will discover the Patio. A real deal and not sky high prices for popcorn & drinks and a beautiful screen!! The attraction board is blank today at the Norridge and the Loews Theaters sign is removed.

BobbyS on July 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Wouldn’t you think that would have been done during the first year of operation? At least not the bank but maybe the church, somewhere. Parking is a must in todays movie business. No parking=loss of future patrons. Portage has a deal with Sears big lot. Who wants to pay for Chicago’s high street parking fees. Outrage and insane idea…

gompka on July 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

They have tried that in the past and it didn’t work out, but then again the bank may be under new management.

BobbyS on July 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Didn’t know about the Norridge closing. It was opened last week. Is this for sure? If only the Patio had parking. I find it hard to believe the Loews Norridge patrons would travel down the street to a second-run house and not to a nearby multi screen house. I think the Pickwick would benefit because they show first-run and have parking aplenty!

Broan on July 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Norridge closing should be good for the Patio. Hope they can get the word out.

BobbyS on July 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

btkrefft, I don’t remember the Gateway having a vertical sign. The Portage of course did and quite high and I don’t know what year in came down. I was impressed by the Patio’s picture you posted. I always thought a vertical with chasing lights was the icing on the cake for a movie palace..

BobbyS on July 13, 2012 at 12:07 am

Great picture of the vertical. I wonder why it was removed? Nice to see trolley buses too. No polution and cheap to operate I imagine.

CSWalczak on July 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

An article about the fund-raising effort to enable the acquisition of digital equipment: View link

rivest266 on June 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm

This opened on January 29th, 1927. I uploaded the grand opening ad in the photo section for this cinema.

Trolleyguy on May 23, 2012 at 7:30 am

Rather than requesting donations, perhaps the owner of the theater should incorporate and sell shares to raise the funds to purchase digital equipment. Donations work best when there is a tax write-off from a non profit.