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Correction, photo credit California State Library Mott-Merge Collection.
Photo credit Dawn Irby Kovacich.
Several photos added via the Planet Hammond Facebook page.
I’m going to go back next week. They are getting closer to the auditorium with the bulldozer, so I should be able to get a couple more photos.
The Roosevelt is seen at 11:30 in this Vivian Maier film.
The Today is seen at 3:38 in this Vivian Maier film.
The Woods is seen at 4:51 in this Vivian Maier film.
The Oriental is seen at 4:51 in this Vivian Maier film.
The Monroe is seen at 2:25-3:17 in this Vivian Maier film.
The Loop is seen in this Vivian Maier film at 5:41, 6:20 & 7:27.
05/21/14 article about the Portage reopening in June.
I have since posted a much better scan of my above photo in the Photos Section.
Here is another 1966 photo of the “Hello Dolly” run at the Shubert. But with Carol Channing instead of Eve Arden on the marquee, as pictured in LTS’s color photo link.
Photo courtesy of the Chuckman Collection.
Admins, please remove this photo. I incorrectly posted this photo here. The Today Theatre was at 62 W. Madison.
Correction, photo is from 09/02/77-09/15/77.
Just added a 1958 photo courtesy of the real cars from the 40’s 50’s and 60’s Facebook page.
It appears to have the name Lavon above the marquee.
I just added a Vintage Cozy Theatre ticket courtesy of Susan Quenzer Thomson.
Attn. CT Admin., spelling should be changed from “Cosy” to “Cozy”.
Here is a “What Was There” link with a fade of the American Theatre.
I added a photo that might possibly be the Vendome in Paris. It was on a Facebook page with a number of other photos of the era from France.
I worked at Fanning Cadillac-Buick-Sterling at 5201 N. Broadway, directly across the street from this when it was Piser-Weinstein’s chapel. During the 1980’s. I ofetn saw services let out, but never though to photos of the auditorium. I’m going to see if the demolition crew will let me get a few.
Our building had been built as a Cadillac Motor Car Division factory store in 1926. Which became Bill Elsey Cadillac on 05/27/71, when GM sold all the factory stores.
It then became Fanning Cadillac in 1974. We took on Buick in 1981 when Warren Buick (formerly Broadway Buick) closed at Hollywood & Broadway. Then got a Sterling franchise in 1987. It then sold to Sun Auto Group in 1990, and closed in 1992.
This stretch of Broadway was known as the North side’s Motor Row.
DarkRefrain’s Flickr photo of the Foster later Broadway Theatre.
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