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Broan commented about Fine Arts Theater on Jan 14, 2014 at 8:45 am

The newspapers were a little unclear. “The Fine Arts Theatre” and “The Fine Arts Music Hall” both appear in the Tribune from 1908-1912. I suspect the ‘music hall’ references were talking about Assembly/Curtiss Hall on the 10th floor but it’s not really clear. I’ll take it down and re-edit.

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Broan commented about Franklin Theatre on Jan 12, 2014 at 8:43 pm

More likely they just fell apart by that time. I think they were pressed metal.

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Broan commented about Colonial Theatre on Dec 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Review of a play about the Iroquois fire

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Broan commented about Crawford Theater on Nov 15, 2013 at 9:16 am

NYC tore down even more big theaters than Chicago did. There’s just a limit for what’s supportable. Setting aside property taxes, who would pay to maintain these buildings with no foreseeable future use for 50-60 years? If all the loop theaters were still there, it’s likely none of them would be profitable. There’s only so much market and some pruning is painful but ultimately necessary.

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Broan commented about Fine Arts Theater on Oct 22, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Yes, this is a particularly inaccurate and confusing entry.

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Broan commented about Fine Arts Theater on Oct 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Actually the Playhouse was University Hall until about in 1903, when it was renamed Music Hall and may have gained its balcony, renamed again in 1912, when it was rebuilt as the Fine Arts Theatre which it remained until 1917, when it was renamed the Playhouse, until it was renamed World Playhouse in 1932. Oddly, in 1917, the Studebaker was run by Jones, Linick, and Shaefer while the Playhouse was run by Alfred Hamburger, a competitor.

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Broan commented about Fine Arts Theater on Oct 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Here are 1898 views of the Studebaker and the Playhouse (then known as University Hall until the 1916 remodeling)

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Broan commented about Fine Arts Theater on Oct 21, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Here are recent views of the Playhouse and Studebaker

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Broan commented about Morton Grove Theatre on Oct 15, 2013 at 7:12 am

Architects were Footlik & Rose

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Broan commented about Willow Creek Theatre on Oct 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Robert Babbin was architect.

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Broan commented about Bremen 4 on Oct 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm

The BremenTowne Theater opened Jan 29, 1971 as a 1000 seat twin.

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Broan commented about Niles Square Cinema on Oct 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Actually opened June 10, 1966.

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Broan commented about Randhurst 16 Theaters on Oct 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Original 1965 opening ad is posted. Original architect was Maurice Sornik.

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Broan commented about Mount Prospect Cinema I & II on Oct 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Grand opening ad with illustration uploaded.

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Broan commented about Willow Creek Theatre on Oct 13, 2013 at 9:25 pm

This was a Lubliner theater originally.

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Broan commented about Pacific's Hastings 8 on Oct 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm

This was featured on the G4 program “Human Wrecking Balls”

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Broan commented about Fine Arts Theater on Oct 8, 2013 at 8:38 am

http://www.openhousechicago.org/site/144/ This year’s OpenHouseChicago features the opportunity to step inside the Studebaker.

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Broan commented about Alex Theater on Oct 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Well, I dunno why that guy brought it up, he doesn’t have much of a comment history. Is it more important to read comments about what monster movies someone watched 50 years ago than about the roles particular theaters played in the lives of a persecuted minority?

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Broan commented about Alex Theater on Oct 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Theatre history is social history.

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Broan commented about Alex Theater on Oct 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Dunno about the Alex, but the Patio was the subject of a couple raids on homosexuals.

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Broan commented about Golf Mill 1-2-3 on Oct 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm

As of 1973 when screen 3 was added, Golf Mill had the most seats outside of the largest palaces like the Chicago, Oriental, Granada, and Uptown, with 3200 seats.

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Broan commented about Old Orchard Theater on Oct 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Original screen measured 60x25

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Broan commented about Regal Cinemas Lincolnshire Stadium 21 & IMAX on Oct 3, 2013 at 11:20 am

Lincolnshire’s IMAX is one of the few “True IMAX” in the area, with a 54 foot high screen. Navy Pier’s is 60 foot. Woodridge is 50 foot. Addison’s was 52 foot.

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Broan commented about Piccadilly Theatre on Sep 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm

http://thepromontory.tumblr.com/post/37344895625/reclaiming-the-pic

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Broan commented about Coronet Theatre on Aug 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Here is a brief view of the Coronet in a Drivers Ed video, as found by David Zornig