Marbro Theatre

4110 W. Madison Street,
Chicago, IL 60624

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OeOeO on September 21, 2012 at 11:59 am

Correction the link is simply “ARCHIVE.ORG”

amoswald on September 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

Thanks so much. This really helps.

OeOeO on September 21, 2012 at 11:32 am

Amoswald and all

In June you asked for a map to the Madison /Crawford business area,mentioning a lost link
Was that link by any chance to Scott Newmans Jazz Age Chicago?
If it is ,then luckily that site is archived. (If not it does have maps to that area for 1928 and 1950)

Go to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine page at: http//WWW.ARCHIVE.ORG

In the the box next to to “WAYBACK MACHINE” enter , then click the ‘Take Me Back’ button.

click on one of the circled dates to see if theres a snapshot and click
Some images weren’t embedded and may be missing,but I did find the maps.
The maps are under “the bright lights districts ” “Madison Crawford”

I suggest saving the map to your own pc (there is a status bar that pops up at the bottom of the image,the furthest
left icon is a save as button. The mape will be saved as an adobe PDF file.

amoswald on September 21, 2012 at 9:09 am

I will send the link as soon as the Autumn issue is available. Thanks to all of you for the references and photos.

BobbyS on September 21, 2012 at 8:53 am

Tinseltoes, you did it again !! Many thanks for the wonderful link. B&K removed those glass doors prior to demolition and re-installed them in the Portage Theater on the northwest side of Chicago where they hang today in the open mode in the outer lobby. Also bits & pieces of the flashing marquee were salvaged and used for the Portage marquee modernization. Looking so forward to your piece amoswald..

amoswald on September 21, 2012 at 7:16 am

They sure tried, didn’t they? I love the close ups of the entry in the trade article. BTW, my nostalgic piece, “Saturday at the Movies” will appear in the autumn issue of The Write Place at the Write Time, a literary journal. I will send the link when the issue comes out. The story will take you back.

amoswald on June 28, 2012 at 7:35 am

I remember all white, too, Bobby. It was a fabulous view from my window.

BobbyS on June 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm

What a beauty!!! Would love to see a color photo at night. I too loved living in the area. So exciting. I read that the Marbro had colored bulbs on the top of the marquee (ala Chicago Theatre) when it was first installed, but were changed to all white in the 1950’s due to expenses. Yet this photo in 1943 looks like they were all white. I remember them white and flashing in 1955. How about you amoswald? Thanks Tinseltoes for posting.

amoswald on June 27, 2012 at 11:38 am

Beautiful. This was the view to the right of our apartment on Madison Street. I loved living on Madison!

amoswald on June 26, 2012 at 8:09 am

I am trying to find old maps of the Madison Crawford business district. Used to have a link but it is not working. If you know of any, please advise.

Burkesniece on June 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

amoswald ~ have a question for you about the area but not the Theater. I don’t want to break posting rules. I would appreciate it if you would contact me at . Thanks! Michelle

rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm

This opened on May 28th, 1927. It’s grand opening ad is in the photo section for this theatre.

amoswald on March 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

I did not know about the lawsuit but I do remember seeing a lot of second run and revival films at the Byrd when I was a kid.

BobbyS on March 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

Thanks, I will try it. I am sorry I never ate in your wonderful restaurant. I loved the picture. If my mother knew about it, I am sure we would have. She loved good food. Did you know the owners of the Byrd Theater sued Balaban & Katz Co. owners of the Marbro & State theaters on Madison St. for preventing the Byrd booking first-run quality films in 1955. I don’t know how it ended. But we always went to the Byrd for horror films and films that we missed at the Marbro or State.

amoswald on March 11, 2012 at 7:26 am!/profile.php?id=100002065858388 Try sending a friend request so you can be added.

amoswald on March 11, 2012 at 7:25 am

Did you try searching on Austin neighborhood and sending a request to join the group?

BobbyS on March 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Thank you. I got the St. Mel’s, but I could not get the Austin Neighborhood. I tried several times.

amoswald on March 6, 2012 at 8:07 am!/groups/51222342741/ St. Mel’s!/profile.php?id=100002065858388 Austin Neighborhood.

BobbyS on March 6, 2012 at 7:55 am

I too am trying to find the St. Mels search. I did .see a picture in the local paper achives dated 1940’s where a large group of St Mels students marching down Madison St. towards the Marbro Theater for graduation exercises. Also found out Marks Bros. Inc was not bought out by Balaban & Katz Inc in the 1930’s, rather both corporations were bought out by Paramount-Publix and both were subsidies of the giant film studio looking to buy theaters to show their films. The Marks Bros. name was eventually dropped.

Burkesniece on March 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Amoswald – 2 days on FB … St. Mels – what is exact name to search?

Scrabble on March 2, 2012 at 6:13 am

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Burkesniece on March 2, 2012 at 1:17 am

amoswald – Hello, new here! My aunts, The Three Burke Sisters sang at the Marbro, as well as other Chicago theaters. In the late 1930’s they ended their careers, and Rita Burke married a football coach from St. Mels! I just got a facebook acct., I will check out their page. Thanks for the info.

amoswald on February 1, 2012 at 8:54 am

Good question, Bobby. Neon is very expensive. We had a neon sign in front of our family restaurant. It was so amazing to look down from our apartment on our name in lights. What a great time.

BobbyS on February 1, 2012 at 8:49 am

I had to walk two blocks to see what they were putting on the sign on Thursday nights. Couldn’t wait ‘til Friday when I walked by. You had it easy. By the middle 50’s, there weren’t any bulbs on the vertical sign. Pink neon only and elevator trucks were used to re-gas the tubes. I think maybe there were bulbs at one time when they first updated the sign, because you could see the holes were the bulbs used to be. I wonder what year they did the neon.