Howard Theater

1621 W. Howard Street,
Chicago, IL 60626

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tomstranich
tomstranich on June 24, 2004 at 7:56 pm

I’m trying not to weep. I had no idea the theatre was gone. I watched so many movies there as a child in the middle 60’s and 70’s. I can still remember the smell, even if it had passed it’s prime. It was such a huge part of my childhood. There was a malt shop just east of it. I used to see all the teenagers there when I was 6 or 7 years old and think how cool they were. I haven’t been back there in over 20 yrs.since I moved. How sad.

Tom Stranich

PhilH
PhilH on June 12, 2004 at 4:33 pm

The theatres of my youth in Chicago are all gone! What a shame.
Phil H.

RickB
RickB on May 7, 2004 at 4:53 am

The Howard closed during or before 1976; some print reports in later years said that the city had shut it down over health code violations. By then the vertical sign and ornate marquee had been removed, replaced by a plain oblong marquee in shades of brown, very similar to the dark blue one in use on the Lake Shore at Broadway and Belmont at the time.

The new marquee was removed around 1978 or ‘79, after a plan was announced to convert the building into a mixed-use development called “The Howard,” probably inspired by the then-successful “The Main” in Evanston. The theater would have been restored under this plan, most likely as a music or stage venue. Apparently the financing did not work out and the project never got underway.