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DavidZornig commented about Booker T Theater on Mar 10, 2009 at 11:45 pm

You’d think someone could board up the uppers windows in the last three years.
At least try and prevent further damage from the elements. Especially if renovation is implied on the website. Even their photo shows the current condition.

DavidZornig commented about Aristo Theatre on Mar 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Cool. I’d say you are correct.
I’ll swing by this one when I check out the former Roscoe Theater building near Seeley.

DavidZornig commented about Roscoe Theatre on Mar 8, 2009 at 2:37 pm

The above mentioned realtor Sussex & Reilly, is listed at 2044 W. Roscoe.
I’m quite certain it’s the same building, with a newer facade at street level. Again, I’ll try and ask to see the rear portion when I’m down there next.

DavidZornig commented about Mayne Stage on Mar 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Wow. It would be open only 5 months as of tomorrows date. Can’t imagine what any Pritzker would need or expect of it in that amount of time. Guess the economy really is bad.

Maybe the city should have taxed the foie gras instead. And paid up the Millenium Park bills with the proceeds.

DavidZornig commented about Texas Theatre on Mar 8, 2009 at 10:34 am

Is it me, or does that last picture in the link of Van Heflin with James MacArthur, look like George Kennedy?
Now THERE would have been a conspiracy theory.
Actors sharing names with presidents & generals on the day of the assassination? Oh the drama.

DavidZornig commented about Mayne Stage on Mar 8, 2009 at 3:37 am

Interesting article. Not sure what good could ever come out of canceling any upcoming performances. Not really the way to go about building up a newly renovated venue.
Sounds like egos at war. No matter what the problem is, keep the doors open and people coming until it’s resolved.
What would be the point in going public with an internal turmoil? Strange. Especially with so much capitol already spent.

DavidZornig commented about Aristo Theatre on Mar 8, 2009 at 1:55 am

Shoot, I just drove by this today. I’ll take a look next week.

DavidZornig commented about Claremont Theatre on Mar 8, 2009 at 1:51 am

I believe you are correct. The Alley actually sells smaller versions of griffins, gargoyles & columns.
They just lucked out that the building’s terra cotta kind of matched their wares.

DavidZornig commented about Vendome Theater on Mar 8, 2009 at 1:36 am

Wow. As usual, thanks again guys. Here’s another one I never knew about.
Looks like the exterior had a tough go of it for being only 30 years old.

That 3 columned, balcony like inset is reminiscent of the old Lexington/New Michigan Hotel facade. Wonder if those X panels were ones that once opened. One of our past presidents supposedly once spoke from the one at the Lexington. Another one that along with this theater, if it could have hung on, would have made an awesome renovation.

DavidZornig commented about Westmont Theatre on Mar 8, 2009 at 1:24 am

While waiting to bail a friend out of the Westmont pokey about 10 years ago, I read the history of Westmont on the station’s wall. Going from memory, it was apparently the highest point West of Chicago after the great fire in 1871. West Mountain, if you will.
With all wood construction being frowned upon after the fire, the stone & bricks that would help rebuild Chicago, were loaded onto trains in Westmont. So that gravity downward would assist in their travel Eastbound to Chicago. And now you know, the rest of the story. RIP Paul Harvey.

DavidZornig commented about Academy Theatre on Mar 8, 2009 at 1:11 am

Hmmm. I wonder if this place is where that Catholic Charities Thrift Store was until just recently. Just North of Dugan’s and across from Walgreens.

The thrift store building had very high tin ceilings, and a massive freight elevator in the rear. The 2nd floor was divided up kind of strangely too.

DavidZornig commented about Cooper Theatre on Mar 3, 2009 at 7:33 pm

The movie poster pictured in Ken Mc’s Feb. 4th, 2006 link, appears to be that of “Gladiator”. Dating it to be at least late 1999 or 2000.

This has to be the plainest theatre facade I’ve seen to date on CT.

DavidZornig commented about Campus Drive-In on Mar 2, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Maybe some folks at SIU would have pictures and/or more history of this theatre in their archives. It’s worth a try.

DavidZornig commented about Carnegie Theatre on Mar 2, 2009 at 8:53 pm

FYI. If you go to click on “Live” & under 1963-Mister Kelly’s, at the bottom of the page there is a B&W photo of Barbra Streisand near the old Carnegie Theatre blade.

This photo would have been 3 years prior to the 1966 fire that consumed the entire block.
The old blade was situated towards the very front of the marquee at Rush Street.
The new blade on the reconstructed theatre was situated much tighter to the building.
And is the same structure that today supports the Hugo’s Frog Bar vertical sign.

DavidZornig commented about Yuma Theater on Mar 2, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Indeed. I’ve probably learned more from CT, than I did in school.

By chaos I meant an erronious movie time, further confused by a movie of the same name as the theater.
Maybe the newspaper ad anyway.

DavidZornig commented about Yuma Theater on Mar 2, 2009 at 8:09 pm

I guess running the remake of “3:10 to Yuma” could have caused chaos.

DavidZornig commented about UA Crossbay on Mar 2, 2009 at 8:03 pm

To reaffirm JohnG409’s 2005 post, an evening shot of the UA Crossbay marquee was used in the Christmas 2005 episode of “King Of Queens”. Just caught a rerun.
Interior shots were likely done in a studio. As they always seemed to utilize the same red seats in all episodes involving a theater.

DavidZornig commented about Granada Theater on Mar 1, 2009 at 11:22 am

The February 5th edition of the Chicago Reader was titled The Rogers Park & West Ridge Issue. It included a column titled The Savages Of Time, which was accompanied by 3 pictures of the Granada Theater. The author dedicated a few paragraphs to his memories of the Granada. Albeit climbing onto it’s roof.

A slight correction to the column, the neighboring bar was called Huey’s. Not Baby Huey’s.

DavidZornig commented about Valley Theatre on Feb 28, 2009 at 8:24 am

So…from J.D. Burger to J.J. Brewsky’s. Guess this building’s restaurant fate was sealed early on.

DavidZornig commented about Times Theatre on Feb 28, 2009 at 8:13 am

Not sure who owns it now. But the Midway Theatre in Rockford is listed for sale on it’s CT page. It actually apparently had Nielson’s interest at one time. But even with the seemingly low price, it includes an entire building requiring other tenants.

Also, according to the Coronado Theatre page, which already underwent an expensive renovation, it itself is currently “hoping to break even”.

DavidZornig commented about Coronado Performing Arts Center on Feb 28, 2009 at 8:09 am

The marquee sort of mirrors that of the Genessee Theatre in Waukegan.
I didn’t know there was already a renovated performing arts theatre in Rockford, that is “hoping to break even”.
I guess that doesn’t bode well for any renovation hopes for either the Midway or the Times Theatre’s. On the Midway page it’s listed for sale, but it includes an entire building that would need attention and other tenants.

DavidZornig commented about Times Theater on Feb 25, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Wow. Quite sizable balcony over the marquee. Wonder what the original intention for such a structure was.
Public speaking or parade viewing, etc.

DavidZornig commented about Adelphi Theater on Feb 25, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Thanks, Got it! Great Pic. I see now that it was actually three ushers inlaid on the sidewalk, standing at the ready.
A unique design feature that should have been harvested before the demolition. Thanks again.

DavidZornig commented about Adelphi Theater on Feb 25, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Does anyone have a link to an old picture of the foyer sidewalk out front?
The name Adelphi & an inlaid image of a uniformed theater usher, adorned the sloped, terazzo floor out front.
The usher resembled the old Phillip Morris cigarette character.

DavidZornig commented about Standard Theatre on Feb 25, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I think the Image closed as a theatre in the late 70's. It was in the process of being converted into a night club in the late70’s, when a Stop Work Order was issued by the city. An expensive sound system had already been installed, but never got utilized.
Unless the Image reopened again as a theatre after that in the early `80’s, I believe it was done as any kind of venue after the failed opening of the night club.