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From the Chicago Tribune, January 27, 1943:
Stage Curtains Burned
Stage drop curtains and scenery stored in the old Chatham theater at 7540 Cottage Grove avenue, used as a warehouse by Warner Brothers Pictures, were damaged yesterday in a fire supposedly started by prowlers. Damage was estimated at $700.
This theater begins to appear in the movie listings of the Chicago Tribune in December, 1913.
From the Chicago Tribune, March 26, 1959:
$5,000 Fire in Theater
A fire of undetermined orgin in the 20th Century theater, 3538 Roosevelt rd., which was vacant at the time, caused an estimated $5,000 in damage Wednesday, Clarence Hlavaty, 2nd division fire marshal reported. The fire started under the stage and spread to the roof before being brought under control.
From the Chicago Tribune, March 30, 1933
Adams Street Leases
Albert H. Wetten & Co. report having leased two of the three available stores in the old Adams theater building, 18-22 East Adams street, now extensively remodeled. The store at No. 18 has been rented by the Mrs. Stevens Candy company. This is her fourteenth store. The space at No. 22 has been leased by Hyland’s millinery store, which also operates a store in Evanston.
Both leases call for a minimum guaranteed rental plus a percentage of gross sales. The brokers in yesterday’s transactions hint that the remaining store may be used for a restaurant where beer will be sold. The old cinema has been removed.
From the Chicago Tribune, January 29, 1921
18-20 East Adams street: four story brick fireproof motion picture theater; Adams Theater company, owner; Ohrenstein & Hild, archs…$50,000
In April of 1941, this is still listed in the Chicago Tribune movie guide as the LaSalle Theater. By August of the same year, it’s listed as the “152” Theater. The last listing I find for the 152 in the Tribune’s movie guide is in September 1950. By 1956, the same address brings up Anzalone & Co., a hardware store, which remained in business at the address into the 80s.
The last couple times I was there, most recently last year, the nickelodeon was showing black and white silent cartoons, accompanied by a player piano. It’s usually totally empty (along with the rest of Yesterday’s Main Street) when I go there.
So much for Carranza’s assurances to the residents and business owners of Portage Park that any live acts booked at the theater would be in keeping with the neighborhood.
The McHenry Outdoor Theater in McHenry, IL is still open as well.
According to the Cook County Assessor’s office website, the building at this address now housing the Royal Savings Bank is (as of 2012) 35 years old, so it would seem the theater was torn down around 1977 to make way for this building.
In the 1888 book Chicago: An Instructive and Entertaining History of a Wonderful City : With a Useful Stranger’s Guide by Rhodes & McClure, under the heading “Places of Amusement”, a Madison Street Theater is listed as being located, ironically, in the original Inter-Ocean Building, at 85 Madison Street, just as the Monroe Theater was built behind the facade of the “new” 1900 Inter-Ocean building on Monroe Street in 1919 after the newspaper vacated that location.
I missed this article in the Chicago Tribune from last month until now. Sounds like this theater needs a lot of help.
From the Real Estate Record and Builder’s Guide, vol. 109, #13, April 1, 1922:
Apollo Hall Changes Hands
Estate of Joan Gardner sold to I. Kramer, 126-128 Clinton st., 3-story brick building, known as Apollo Hall, on a plot 44.5x100, and adjoining the 13th Precinct Station House. It is the first sale since the original grant of the land to Joan Gardner in the 18th century.
A photo of the former auditorium (now a nightclub called Deja Vu) can be seen here.
From The American Contractor, June 24, 1916:
“Moving Picture Theater Store Office & Apt. Bldg (4 stores & offices apts. stg. 875) $65,000, 2 sty., 69th & Prairie av. Archt. A.A. Schwartz, 6 North Clark st. Owner August J. Krug, pres. Park Manor Theater 321 E. 69th st. Brk & terra cot frpf. Mas let to Fred Person, 7755 Saginaw av.”
From The Moving Picture World, March 11, 1916:
“The Frances Willard Parent-Teachers Association has arranged with the Panorama theater, Fifty third street and Prairie avenue, to give children’s matinees every Saturday afternoon. On such occasions the theater will be thoroughly fumigated before the presentations and special films consisting of fairy stories and educational subjects will be shown.”
I find it a bit odd that they needed to fumigate the theater before the kids' shows.
This article from the Chicago Sun-Times says the Patio will close June 1st, and will reopen sometime in September.
This recent article from the Daily Herald mentions that the theater is now set to open between June 7th and June 14th. The article also states that seating has been reduced to 700.
According to Simon Louvish’s 2001 book, Monkey Business: The Lives and Legends of the Marx Brothers, “The Three Marx Brothers” played the Lyda Theater in 1911, performing their “Hi-Skule” act.
More on the theater’s closing can be read here.
I find listings for this theater in the Chicago Tribune as far back as June 1915. Jazz Age Chicago had an opening date for the Austin of 1913.
More information on the theater’s reduced “for sale” price can be read here.
The actual address for this theater must have been Oak Street, because the address you provided, 15 Circle, is currently the offices for Six Mile Township (and from the Google Street View, that building looks to be pre-1936 itself).
From the Wichita State University website (http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=foundation&p=/SpiritoftheGiftBiographyProject/Biographies/LewisandSelmaMiller/):
Dr. Lewis Miller was born in Washington Court House, Ohio, in 1876. A graduate of Northwestern University, he practiced dentistry in Lincoln, Neb., where he partnered with his brother operating local movie theaters. Dr. Miller and his wife, Selma, moved to Wichita in 1909, building the Princess Theater and the Palace, eventually opening the Miller Theatre in 1922. The Miller was considered to be the showcase of theaters, the “finest west of Chicago,” and was host to live stage shows that included Will Rogers and Charlie Chaplin.
Dr. and Mrs. Miller were devoted patrons of the arts, giving anonymous assistance to art students and programs. An artist herself, Mrs. Miller served on the board of directors of the Wichita Art Association from 1938-1961.
She was quoted as saying, “It is not what you have in worldly goods, but how you use it that counts most.”
Following Dr. Miller’s death in 1969, Wichita State University dedicated the Lewis and Selma Miller Concert Hall in the Duerksen Fine Arts Center in honor of their contribution of both time and means to community art and theater development. Upon Mrs. Miller’s passing in 1972, the Lewis and Selma Miller fund was established through their estate to ensure the development and furtherance of the WSU College of Fine Arts and the Ulrich Museum.
In the 1888 book, Chicago:
An Instructive and Entertaining History of a Wonderful City: With a Useful Stranger’s Guide by Rhodes & McClure, the Criterion Theater is listed under Places of Amusement, with the pre-1909 renumbering address of “274 Sedgwick, corner of Division”. Either this theater, or an older theater with the same same, stood at this address going back to the 1880s.