Oak Theatre

2000 N. Western Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60647

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HDTVdesignteam
HDTVdesignteam on March 31, 2007 at 12:43 am

I don’t remember Rosa, but, during a Cheri shoot I ended up in a number of the published “spread” photos. My girl friend was up the street at Augastana I believe.

GFeret
GFeret on February 21, 2007 at 4:13 pm

‘House Photographer’ for the OAK Theatre in the ‘70s?!! Did you manage to get “SPERMATOZOA ROSA’ in action?

(More) seriously…how many out there remember the OAK’s illuminated dial-face clock, up above the (emergency) exit just right of the screen? I saw too many movies at that place to enumerate. Took guitar lessons @Melody Music School right next door, too (owner: Joe Guido).

HDTVdesignteam
HDTVdesignteam on July 12, 2006 at 9:27 pm

Believe it or not, I was the ‘House photographer’ during the 70’s when it had stage shows…. Just a college kid having fun. The manager had me take some of the acts out to dinner to keep them sober until showtime. Ah, yes.

Broan
Broan on June 20, 2006 at 12:44 am

Here is a profile from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s HAARGIS system. It includes a small picture.

markymark
markymark on July 8, 2004 at 3:35 pm

I used to walk past this theater all the time in the mid-late ‘70s when they showed pornos and always made comments to my buddy about the poster for the current adult film playing there. I finally got in during the time it was a concert venue in the early '90s and saw Weird Al Yankovic,also got a couple of cool cardbaord posters for the show which state the performance is at “The Oak” with its address! During this time,Margie’s Candies was featured on the WTTW show “Wild Chicago” and this inspired my wife and myself to finally go to Margie’s for some home-made ice cream and candies. We not only met the legendary Margie but also sat in the very booth The Beatles sat in when they visited in 1962 or 63 for their Comisky Park concert.

KenC
KenC on May 21, 2004 at 6:09 am

Was in the Oak theatre a few times as a kid. Like many neighborhood theatres, would show double or triple features; second or third run. My one rather vivid memory of the Oak: late 50’s, Saturday afternoon, watching “TERROR FROM THE YEAR 5000” plus “THE SCREAMING SKULL”.The main floor was wide but not very deep; every seat seemed close to the screen. Seemed like there were many more seats in the balcony. As I recall, the lobby was quite small. Yes, Richard, Margie’s Candies is still on the southwest corner of Western and Armitage: has been for decades. A great place for shakes and all sorts of candy.

richardg
richardg on April 23, 2004 at 2:39 am

I tried to see the inside of the Oak during a visit to Chicago during the early 1980’s. Unfortunately, the ticket person wouldn’t let me inside without purchasing a ticket even though I assured him I’d be only five minutes and was only interested in seeing the theatre. I then asked if I could just see the foyer area. This request was also met with a “No tickie, no lookie.” I finally asked if I bought a ticket would I be able to see any of the theatre’s architecture while the movie was showing. He informed me it was very dark and that I probably wouldn’t see anything. I gave up and never did get to see the inside of the Oak before its demolition.
I remember there was a great old fashioned ice cream parlour less than a block away. Anyone know if it’s still there?