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Rather stately looking even when shuttered. Too bad it couldn’t have hung on until the “rebirth” of theater downtown.
Nice! With even the old Bismarck sign way down the street. And the rear of a mid `60’s Rambler tooling along. Thanks for posting.
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I’ll say. Complete with a 69 LeSabre at the meter. And what appears to be a68 Vette w/sidepipes?
The florist w/awning is where the Starbucks is now.
The next storefront just North of the florist is now a Thai place called Tiparo’s, for at least 10 years.
69 LeSabre at the meter. And what appears to be a
Thanks Ken Mc, that’s how I remember it. But much worse for wear by 1991.
That marquee was by then supported by multiple 2x4’s. They were bowing under the weight. And surprisingly no fence up.
Great photo source LTS!
I just pulled up one of the 3 Penny Cinema. Alas, no Playboy/Sandburg/Chelex pic to be found.
I might now just have to go back through all my CT theatres, and repost my notification status again.
Something I was avoiding.
P.S. To the left of the jeweler is a gangway that still goes straight through under the building to State St. & the parking entrance for 2 E. Oak.
There is also a side glass lobby door (locked) to Oak Bank just inside the gangway.
Oak Bank is the first floor tenant of the high rise condos, formerly rentals. I passed out flyers when Oak Bank opened in 1970.
Wow, thanks Life! That is the best picture I’ve ever seen to date too.
The small storefront to the left of the poster box & entrance, was a place called Garrett Jewelers. He later moved to State St. just North of Elm St. (In a classic older rental building recently cleared out for proposed demolition itself).
Sweetwater night club whose sign can be seen at the corner, followed Mister Kelly’s exodus & preceded Gibson’s Steak House which is there now.
That round window is where Mister Kelly’s would post 8x10’s of their upcoming acts. Morey Amsterdam, Tim & Tom (Reid & Dreesen), Mort Sahl, Prof. Irwin Corey & countless other musical acts. Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich etc.
By 1983, you can see that Rush St. was already changed to One Way Northbound.
Though two way traffic was quite the side show well into the `70’s.
Next to the marquee where those large vents are for the garage, is where Hugo’s Frog Bar built out their small balconies & second story dining. As I posted earlier, Hugo’s utilized the Carnegie blade support for their own signage.
Thanks for posting the image.
I finally made it back in here a few Sundays back. For the next to last performance of “Xanadu”.
Much has changed since it’s off again/on again movie theatre days.
The Chestnut St. side entrance is pretty much in the same spot. But the theatre space has been built out differently and off to the left of the entrance.
The stage area seems much smaller. And the seats seem to rise above the new lobby area. I can’t recall the old multiplex configuration at/from street level. But I think it went straight back. Where the restrooms & coat check are now. The lobby has a lower ceiling like the old Drury Lane in Evergreen Park had. But there the theatre stage was downstairs. There is a brief “Drury Lane History” in the back pages of the Playbill. Possibly accessable online.
Or via the official site under this CT page’s description.
Still surrounded by scaffolds.
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FYI. Trailers for “Public Enemies” are now starting to appear. Brief glimpses of the Biograph’s 1934 transformation from their time shooting here, are in edited into some of them.
Since everyone pretty much knows the story ends there, they are likely using the Biograph footage sparingly for the promos. Just the right amount of tease. Having witnessed some of the Biograph/street scene build-out, I can’t wait to see how it transfers to film.
I just happened to rebrowse the State-Lake page. BWChicago’s 06/09/05 post with has a link to a Stanley Kubrick picture from 1949. It looks like Kubrick may have applied a little bit of primitive “photoshop” techniques to enhance the State-Lake marquee.
The film “He Walked By Night” although released in 1949, while possibly playing there at the time, may or may not have been added with a little artistic license by Kubrick. To better convey the gritty street feeling he was trying to capture as a photo journalist. The story was based in L.A., but is/was known for it’s film noir photography style at the time.
There is a book series called Images of America, featuring one book titled “Joliet” by author & Joliet native Marianne Wolf. I bought the book in 2006 at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Pages 113-115 are dedicated to Rubens Rialto Square.
There are four pictures with descriptions of the building, lobby, Barton Grande Theatre Pipe Organ, and stage.
The book is/was printed by Arcadia Publishing.
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I wish I’d known of the record run of “Charly” at the Cinema Theatre earlier. I shot an interview of Cliff Robertson at a Friends Of Miegs Field event not far from there, I think at the Ritz. So maybe 2003 or so. Given the time frame of what sadly happened to Miegs.
Robertson was there because he was apparently a pilot. He had a funny story about being mistakenly recognized by children once as JFK, whom I believe he played.
After describing to them that he was really just an actor, a little girl said “no you’re not, you’re Charly and your an idiot!”
Anyway, if we knew at the time of Robertson’s mild connection to the Cinema Theatre, we could have come up with some further banter or sparked some other Chicago area theater memories of his. If he had any. The actors always do.
A few years back there was an art gallery further North on Wells St. that had an exhibit based on the owner of the Bijou. There were giant mugs shots from the `70’s in the gallery window.
There was also an apparent failed bombing in the early `90’s that I mentioned over on the Aardvark CT page.
According to news reports at the the time, the would be bomber accidentally blew himself up while alledgedly enroute to the Bijou. Though I’m not sure if this was ever proven to be true, or just speculation due to the bomber’s supposed criminal ties. Might have just been the media trying to link the theatre to other seedy activities.
Though the theatre may specialize in gay porn, I believe the accompanying book/DVD store caters to a hetero adult clientele as well. Even though we grew up in the area, we never set foot in this place.
The Royal London Wax Museum down the street was more our interest. Until the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum opened up across the street. Possibly in the building the Habitat Co. is in. Or near it.
I was always amazed that the Bijou stood the test of time, with a Chicago public grade school located essentially kitty corner & across the street. I’m sure if any such operation were to try and open from scratch at such a locale today, the surrounding yuppie parents would block it to no end. Real estate values in that area have gone ballistic.