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Scott, The Manor was on North Avenue and Central. We would go when we visited friends. All the parents gathered the kids and dropped them off to the local theater to “get them out of their hair” for a few hours. Five cartoons and a double feature would do it. I mainly
stayed around Madison St. for films. B&K State was as far west we would go. My brothers would always insist me to come along only beacause they got more money for treats from our parents. I hated John Wayne and all those damn indians and all the rest of those cowboy movies. But they bribed me and I tried to bring a friend along. The Manor was a nice size house and was converted to a banquet
dinning hall in the 60’s. The lobby was good and the marquee was saved and called “Ferera Manor” and retainted all the chasers and the vertical. By the way, I did see John Wayne there along with Davy
Crockette. It was no Paradise or Marbro and I was glad to get back to them. Did you ever go to the “Rockne” on Division west of Austin?
The vertical was larger then the theater. Maybe it was named after Knute! I spent half of my childhood being shuttled from one theater
to another. And you know what, I wouldn’t have changed a thing…..
Scott, I never went. Went to the Manor on North Ave.
I have a great picture for you of the Tiffin theater.
Scott, my grandmother was sort of a prude you might say, She probably
knew of Sophie from the newspapers and of course no tv. I have no idea if she ever heard a record or two. Maybe they went there for the film and the stage show happened to have her on bill. I remembered the story. Also living two blocks from the Marbro, my dad told me he and his older brother watched it being built in the 20’s and even climbed up the building when the workers left and played in the dome on top of the facade. One can only imagine the joy to the neighborhood when all this excitement and fun came to Madison St.
Probably the most sad of all, our beautiful Paradise didn’t even last 30 years. I remembered when I told you my dad and his brothers went opening week, his mother and her daughters went to the Marbro to see Sophie Tucker. My Grandmother hated it. They had to sit high up in the balcony because the place was packed. She came out in a red dress with red feathers and started to “revolve” her hips and sing suggestive songs according to Granny. She was appalled. Imagine back in ‘28 & 29" both of these two palaces were packed up to the top!
Scott, It amazes me that there was only a 6 year period when one chain tried to outdo another one by building the most ornate and stunning movie palace with one being larger than the one just opened. Like there was no tomorrow and the audiences were to ever come in large crowds. I suppose the thought of tv never entered their minds even though it was on the horizon. You are right, the Granada should have been incorperated into something with that large
amount of people in that area. Also it is still a nice neighborhood.
Scott, I am glad you got to see the Lans Theatre. This computer age is wonderful isn’t it? I just started computer classes and I will eventually learn to scan photos and put them on a link. I want you to see the Senate and the Crawford theaters of course our Bryd.
Too bad many theaters worn torn down to make way for stupid parking lots or some other cause. The Granada should be there today and the building built around it. It was a gem never to built again!!
Scott, the Lansing theatre is located in downtown Lansing, Il.
It was a nice house with a large screen, no stage. Was very popular til the mid 50’s and I believe closed in the 70’s. The screen was removed and converted to a pizza parlor with teir seating on many levels. The organ is great and has all the pipes exposed with many lights flashing at times. I think you would enjoy it. The original marquee is still used and the box office is there. If you are ever up north, it would be worth a visit.
The Patio had issues with the City Of Chicago about amusement tax I believe. The city is spending alot of money on street lamps and sidewalks along Irving Park Rd. Now that the City is in millions of dollars in the red, they are re-thinking their strict rules. We will
see. Patio is a nice house. Stadium seating in an earlier time. I think it also has a “sky” and “stars”. But I might be confusing with another. It has been a long time since I was in there. Yes Scott, I wish we were talking about the Marbro too- reopening. I would surely
attend, even if I had to hire a bodyguard. What about you???????
Scott, Dangerous isn’t the word… Suicide is more like it. But it would have been a hoot anyway. I will ask Richard at THS next time I see him about the basement which I still believe exits. Does he know you? Can I ask him for your address? Sometimes we meet at the former Lansing movie theater with a few friends. It is now a pizza parlour
with a big grand pipe organ and performances on Tues and Fri night 6-9pm. And the pizza is pretty good too. Beggers Pipe Organ Pizza!!!
I am willing to show up on a Saturday morning with a wheelbarow and
a shovel to start digging. How about it Scott and Lifes too short??
I am convinced the entire lower level is still there preserved for
future generations to ask “Did they really build something like this
just to show movies? I do remeber the murals and running through the tunnels in the balconey during intermissions. What a thrill!!!!
Interesting data about the Uptown. I didn’t know about the larger
lobby going to Lawrence Ave. It did make sense in 1925 to think about the vertical cost and all the machinery to run, however why wasn't
the cost taken in to effect when they spent all that $$$ for the Paradise. Can you just imagine all the steel needed to support that thing!! Plus all that wiring for the sockets and the bulbs not to
mention the control board in the basement. Then you have the same
story for that fabulous marquee, miles and miles of wireing for the
sockets and the flashers. I heard the city went to the ownwers of the Patio. They want to get action back on Irving Rd.
continued…..So it is possible that the entire basement lobby is still there like some treasure in the Middle East. I guess B&K got so disgusted with the demolition that they just closed off the lower level in order to rent out the land for the grocery store. Joe told me that story. Did you hear that one before? Wouldn’t that be something if something was down there. Would you be willing to show up there with your shovel Scott? I did hear from neighbors at the time that parts of the grocery store flooring and walls were used in the building of the store. After all, if they can down to the Titanic anything is possible!
Scott, the same holds true for the Leow’s Paradise in the Bronx. The large university sits nearby and Bronx itself is very populated.
This is what saved it from demise I am sure. It is nothing like our corner of Madison & Pulaski today. I know I said it before, but why oh why did it have to go so very bad in such a fast way? Now for the tiles. The tiles may still be there under the dirt or whatever is on top of them today. You do know that the tiles were used for the flooring of the grocery store built on the Paradise’s site. The entire basement area under the lobby was never excavated and the staircase was just concreted over on the outside rear. So it is poppossible
I forgot about the roof sign. Didn’t the Southtown also have one?
So maybe what Life’s too short stated sounds correct. Anyway I hope they re-open it soon. FLASH FLASH FLASH !!!!! HOT OFF THE PRESS…..
Heard this morning, Sat at 9am on WGN radio, The Patio theater will re-open this year. The owner and his son will combine and settled
their dispute with the City of Chicago and all systems are a Go. They plan to refurbish and didn’t say what the menu will be. Of course they never mentioned the same old problem: PARKING PARKING PARKING!!!!!!!
Scott, I thought I knew the Loews theater by the photos. But when you actually see it in person it takes on a different place. It is large as I stated, but not the scope of our Paradise and as you say not the magic. It was very successful from the beginning and into the years it became a quad. Think Goodness some one had the forsight
to bring it back to its glory. I do hear from friends it is not used to often due to the ecomony. Certaintly not as much as your Fox is.
How is the neighborhood where the Fox is located? I hear there was a pipe organ concert there sponsered by the local chapter of organ groups last May. I was thinking of driving down but I had a conflict
of dates. So next time they have one, I hear they do it often, I will drive down and maybe we can have dinner and talk about our beloved Paradise. Do you mean tiles on the floor or the walls. I have to pull the annual out tonight.
Scott, Good for you attending the Belmont. I was in there while still a bowling alley and was able to sneak into parts of the theater. I am pretty good at that. I cannot believe what a bland vertical given to the Uptown in 1925, while so much was spent decorating the inside! I thibk they realized it because the Tivoli
was quite different and then of course they went ‘over the top’ three years later when they put up that one on the Paradise. Still,I wonder what they were thinking when deciding on the Uptown. This was their showcase for the North Side and look what the Marks Bros. did a year later to the Granada.
I think ours was nicer and certainly larger. I got the feeling the Loews was built in a cramped space. Ours was vast and seemed endless.
Of course, I was a tot and everything looked bigger. Both theaters had the same designer and is a great way to ‘see’ and ‘feel’ the experience of Chicago’s Paradise. The moment you turn the corner on the Grand Concourse, you know you are coming to a very important building, then you see the words LOEW’S PARADISE THEATER which are still lit up as they were in the late 20’s. Want more Scott??????
I don’t know what happened to above,but what I mean is after the Marbro was modernized in such a wonderful way, I suppose the expense had something to do with the decision to ‘scale-down’ future
projects in Chicago. The Uptown was a very successful house in the 1940’s with lines forming all around the block and her marquee was nothing to write home about. I am sure you will agree Scott? Most if not all of their houses looked the same. The Senate, State, Belmont, Century etc. etc. etc.
Scott, I don’t think the first marquee was as bright as the second.
I am sure the Genesee Theater marquee was made by the same sign company. It is quite nice with the cascading colors on both the front and sides. It is much smaller that the Marbro’s or Granada’s because the building is not as wide. But the second marquee was quite a change of pace. They went all out. When I asked Joe why the Marbro got the star treatment and not our Paradise, he said they wanted to showcase this theater with a similar flashy style as the Chicago because it was making lots of money and it was their perferred theater to market. So the Paradise was already taking a back seat. And this is 1941. So that is why the paradise got the
underwhelmed marquee—and the writing was on the wall……
Scott, I have that picture. It is black and white. What I want is a color photo of the last marquee after 1941. I have a still B&W day time shot with Buy War Bonds on the attraction board. But I remember turning around as we walked out across the street and want to capture
that feeling again. The marquee was twice the size of the Chicago.
It covered the entire lobby and it had to be the largest in the Chicago area, and certainly the most ornate! With my fascination
in showbusiness and electric lights, no wonder I made my way to Las Vegas for five years. You really needed “sun glasses” for all that beautiful glare of neon!!
Scott, I never heard the word gaudy referred to the Paradise. But I can see some people thinking that. If there was a rescue plan to save it, I never heard of it. Must have been a dozen or two. I did hear people call it a relic of the past, a by-gone era, a palace of yesteryear….. So Joe wrote you a letter. He wasn’t very talkative
to me. I would love to read it. I think my dad was upset about the demolition. But then again, I don’t remember him going out of his way
to attend it. So much on tv and home life. I was always there with friends and schoolmates. I do remember the Garrick campaign. I saw “Bambi” there and we went to Henrici’s afterwards. Can hardly believe not one movie theater in the loop today!
Scott, Driving past the Chicago Theater at night last week, I happened to be under the marquee. I looked up and thought how the Marbro must have looked with all the colored bulbs in rotation and the flashing. I can only remember when they changed them to all white.
That is how I “see” the Marbro. Massive pink neon and massive amounts of white bulbs. Still hoping for a night shot of the marquee.
This theater should NEVER have been destroyed. They were way too
in a hurry to get some rent from a stupid idea about putting in a grocery store. So many other options should have been considered. I don’t even know if there was a “Save the Paradise” program. I think a Church would have been the right idea. The preachers are all telling their flocks how to get to Paradise, Well……………..
If anyone ever saw a movie there, you would never forget it. Just ask Scott! A place of beauty is a joy forever.
Scott, The Paradise was indeed very colorful. Even toward the end of her life. When we went into the auditorium we went up front to the left . There was a statue or a fountain ( have to check the annual)
in front of the exit cove leading out to the alley. This little cove
was bathed in green lights. Could have been a green spot on the ststue. But I do remember and how pretty it looked. Never saw a star, but that does not mean there were a few still operating. I also was young and interested in the picture. Strange thing I almost
took the theater for granted, thinking it would always be there near
the Marbro and life would be the same always. Of course thats how a young person thought back in the 50’s. You are right the second marquee was changed slightly to eliminate some angle lighting and raise the attraction signs. They did this before the Marbro got their new design, about four years. Wonder why they picked such a plain
marquee and then jazzed up the Marbro. I would imagine that marquee was costing plenty as I mentioned above, and the business just didn’t warrant it anymore. Would love to see the books for those years. Is there a B&K library somewhere?
More thoughts from me….. The Kedzie and Kedzie Annex were across the street from the Senate. They were all on the north side of Madison. I was never in them. Senate once. The picture of the Crawford shows a milk glass marquee similar but much smaller to the Paradise. I guess the powers to be thought a newer marquee was more important for the modern look than a vertical. The Paradise vertical came sometime after 1941. Wonder who made those decisions? Someone in accounting maybe? Strange because the Granada got a new vertical in 1941 and left the original marquee. Too bad they couldn’t have just changed the block lettering to milk glass and left the rest on the Paradise. But as was dicussed here often, the cost of the bulbs
and the tax on them plus the costs of electricity did it in!