Davis Theater

4614 N. Lincoln Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60625

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 16, 2007 at 5:32 pm

I visited this place in the late 80’s after it became a multi-screen theatre. I remember it being a pit: musty, sticky floors, non-descript screening rooms, poor choice of colors used in decoration.

Sounds like maybe it has come up since then.

alexander on August 26, 2006 at 4:42 pm

I know that in the late 70s and early 80s two 6ft 6in twin brothers who wore Cowboy boots owned the Davis, I was a Shoe shine Boy and would shine their
Boots for a ticket and Popcorn, I had a friend who eventually went to work there in the mid 80s and threw a late nite party and someone brought a motercycle in through the back door exit and we were rideing it up and down the isles! I viewed All the great 70s and 80s Movies at the Davis, Alien, Conan, E.T., Raiders Of The Lost Ark, And all the rest! The price was 2 movies for $1.50. I Have many Great Childhood memories thanks to the Davis Theater.

craigwenten on March 31, 2006 at 1:28 pm

I enjoyed going to The Davis when it was a single screen theater back in the 80’s. The first movie I saw at the davis was The Shining. I miss all the old single screen theaters. The Davis was just like The Patio, But when the Davis turned into 4 small theaters the whole experience ended.

Broan on March 26, 2006 at 4:19 pm

It looks like it was a gut job to create the 4 cinemas, but the lobby is still mostly intact from the 1930s. All the cinemas have between 230 and 250 seats. Also, look at the north-facing side of the vertical sign- the ‘i’ is upside-down. But it’s a decent place to see a movie. The sound isn’t fantastic, but the picture is clear and bright, and it has comfortable rocker seats, even if the floor slants at a funny angle.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 13, 2006 at 4:12 am

I heard somewhere that a chain actually owns this theatre. Is this true or is the Davis independent? I believe it was an Essaness at one time, one of only about 4 remaining in the Chicagoland Area.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on December 2, 2005 at 9:36 am

I beleive that the Davis’s dubious-yet-memorable moment came circa 1978. It was the only theatre in the Chicagoland Area to show CALIGULA—at the then-outrageous price of $7.50. The funny thing about this movie was that the mainstream stars of this movie—Sir John Gielgud, Malcom McDowell, Helen Mirren, and Peter O'Toole—were supposedly unaware that they were doing a glorified porn movie!

valvann on October 4, 2005 at 6:44 am

Does anyone know why this is called the “Davis”?
was it associated with the Davis Theater chain?
If so, what is known about that chain?

mp775 on April 4, 2005 at 1:02 pm

Is the wood ticket booth original to the Davis/Pershing, or was it moved from somewhere else?