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This was featured on the G4 program “Human Wrecking Balls”
http://www.openhousechicago.org/site/144/ This year’s OpenHouseChicago features the opportunity to step inside the Studebaker.
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?
Theatre history is social history.
Dunno about the Alex, but the Patio was the subject of a couple raids on homosexuals.
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.
Original screen measured 60x25
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.
Here is a brief view of the Coronet in a Drivers Ed video, as found by David Zornig
Here is a brief view of the Valencia in a drivers training video, as found by David Zornig
Can you post some pictures here?
http://chuckmanchicagonostalgia.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/photo-chicago-rush-oak-and-state-aerial-mr-kellys-nightclub-center-1966.jpg A photo of the original Canegie post-fire
This appears to have opened in December 1913, not 1912.
You could see if Abt has a better copy.
Theatre Historical Society in Elmhurst, if anywhere
They’ll say that if it was majorly remodeled, though. In the aerial view, it’s certainly theater-shaped.
It’ll be open for some special events however. Another Northwest Chicago Film Society screening is scheduled for Wednesday. I imagine this will continue as weather permits.
It’s in the Photos section…
It also appears on the 1925 Sanborn map, so it may have reopened.
The Bing birdseye map still shows the old facade of the Ashland Joe Vogel refers to, which bears little resemblance to the one shown in the 1912 article, though the floorplan is the same. Perhaps it was delayed by costs.
The Portage was closed by the owner. He could have remained open with the liquor license in limbo but chose not to. The city does not set the meter fees, Daley sold the meters to a private company.
It opened exclusively at the State-Lake through June 26, then went wide the next week.
http://blog.chicagohistory.org/index.php/2013/04/well-see-you-at-the-movies/ This blog post indicates that the Alcyon was the basis for Siskel & Ebert’s WTTW program.