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Just a quick FYI. The Jewel/Osco on Howard St. near McCormick has some two sided tote bags at the registers with a really nice full color scanned picture of the Chicago Theatre on them.
Not sure if they are available at all Jewel stores or not, but it’s worth a look if there’s one nearby.
They are probably inexpensive as it appears there are multiple designs of other Chicago scenes and/or landmarks.
Point of purchase stuff usually is.
The existence of this theater and a mock up of it played a pivotal part in the 1999 Adrien Brody film “Liberty Heights”. It was shown as the site for a late 50’s James Brown concert that two of the film’s main characters attended.
A rather nice backlot, neon marquee was rebuilt to presumably replicate the original exterior.
I think there were some loft style apartments at the neighboring location up until 2005 or so.
A couple of fires displaced the few who resided or worked there.
The April 2009 LoopNet link is apparently now a pay site.
I guess it’s polite way of saying “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it”.
It’s neat to read those sometimes, to see how all of a given theatre’s history gets condensed to sell it.
If they let you guys take pics, maybe you can post some after your tours.
If they let you guys take pics, maybe you can post some afterward your tours.
Thanks for posting that RickB.
It’s a shame that it’s the first and only time that Mr. Klein’s name or his ownership of the Vic has been mentioned so far.
When certainly it was his purchase of it in `83 according to the obit, that in hindsight likely saved the theater forever.
If only that same vision had been applied to the Uptown at the same time.
Just another reminder to CT Admins, the year of the fire in the opening bio of the Carnegie needs to be changed from 1996 to 1966.
Also when it finally closed as a theater in 1986, it became Hamburger Hamlet first. It then opened as Hugo’s Frog Bar in 1996.
The former Mister Kelly’s site next door was Sweetwater up until 1989, when it reopened as Gibson’s.
Down the street, the 2 story former Norge Village Laundromat(60's-70’s), later Rubus Jungle (Ice Cream & Miniature Golf- late`70’s), then Guaduala-Harrys, thenu El Torito became Carmines in 1995.
Exactly, who knew it was gutted? But more importantly-when? If it closed as a theater, and was still built out as one inside, who pulled permits to gut it out, and how soon after the closure?
In a perfect world, any permit that was applied for at that address should have raised a red flag to the Alderman. Who in turn would hopefully then make a trip over there to see what’s going on. If for not other reason than to see if possibly any ornementation from the original theater had only been covered over during the muliplexing.
Then possibly there could have been a limit applied to the extent of the gutting. I’m fine with the use of it not as a theater is what its future holds. But if any aspects of it’s former interior could have been preserved to just showcase in the new usage, that ship has no sailed.
I do understand about the hesitancy for Landmarking to not be as strict on the protection of interiors. But I think that when it comes specifically to old theaters, there should be an extra effort made by municipalities to protect whatever may still exist of any original ornamentation.
Otherwise developers will just cointinue to gut to the brick, and that’s it. Gone forever.
I know the Village was multiplexed quite some time back. But very often when that was done to small theaters, they just dropped the ceilings and the old interiors remained up in newly created catacombs.
In this instance, and again a perfect scenario, there might have been a chance to see what was left of the original theater. And moniter the gut job accordingly. I just have a sense that it went forward unwatched because so much time had passed. And with the surprise win of a new Alderman, the decisions may have been even more hasty.
In theory, when any new interior buildout moves forward and the gut was under the radar, the permits department would say: “Wait a minute, what happened to the existing interior that was on file?”
It would be interesting to know what the time frame was on the tear out. And if it was done legally via proper building permits.
If it was after the Landmarking process had been started by the new Alderman, and the city somehow wasn’t informed I would imagine there could be hefty fines to be paid that could affect any sale of the building.
I would think the Alderman would have at least toured it once when making the case to Landmark the property.
There could also be a gray area over whether any of the original theater interior ornamentation (ceiling etc) was removed in the most recent tear out. Ornamentation that may have previously been only encapsulated, when it was multiplexed.
Though Chicago Landmarking does seem kind of loose as to interior preservatons.
In any event, it sound as if it is much further from becoming a theater again than anything else. Since it’s not turnkey anymore as they say.
To paul2, there is a store opening in Skokie (on Oakton) called Bob’s Newstand.
They specialize in vintage newspapers & magazines. Copies from specific dates bought as gifts for birthdays & anniversaries etc.
Perhaps you could purchase a Chicago newspaper from that day, and the films at the Music Box would be listed inside.
There is a brief exterior shot of the Capri Cinema marquee in the Harrison Ford film “Regarding Henry”, circa 1991.
It can be found on YouTube sorted chronologically in parts.
Ford’s child like character is wandering the city unsupervised and enters one of the porno houses.
He is then shown to be uncomfortable in what he sees on screen.
The underside of another marquee is shown in the foreground, but the theater name is not visible.
The Capri however seems to be the establishing shot for the area he is in.
I was asked by a friend to clarify my 12/08 post about the Terminal’s giant neon marquee being turned back on.
During WWII, some theaters and other venues that would hold large amounts of patrons, were ordered to leave their outdoor signage turned off.
In an effort to not make such buildings that would be full of people stand out as targets, in the event of an enemy air raid.
That is what was mentioned in the PBS “Remembering Chicago” show.
Which BTW is back in rotation now. Updated with a 2nd volume, and again for sale during the many WTTW/PBS subscription drives.
What’s the current name of the theatre? I would think any potential buyers might want to read the current CT page about it.
Unless it’s specifically not named for a reason.
Is it me, or is there no CT page for this particular theatre?
I checked all 378 Plaza’s listed, and nothing in Burlington KS pops up. Just curious.
I don’t know why I just remembered this. But I think when we saw “Robocop” here, they ran trailers for “Alien Nation” with James Cann.
And one of the scenes showed a mall parking lot that looked almost like the one we’d just come in from.
I think it was a scene with ET’s Leeza Gibbons as a newscaster, saying something about President Reagan to establish a time reference.
Wow. Welcome news for downtown.
It’s a shame a new building had to be built though, when we had all those beautiful theaters sitting there vacant as recent as 25-30 years ago.
Maybe this facility could display some sort of tribute/photo gallery of what the old downtown theaters looked like back in their heyday.
Oh…duh, A.T. Dishman. Guess I should read ALL the past posts first.
Any ideas on the basis for the Dishman name?
Also, it’s funny to see the 1984 photo with the gun store sign on the side of the building. Since the Dishman blade itself actually looks like the barrel of a Glock.
It should be mentioned that in the link that CWalczak posted, there is another great website embedded within the readers comments section at the bottom of the article.
It includes some great pictures of the Granada and even it’s interior.
So be sure to read all the way down.
It seems there’s no mention in the article on what happened or why the non for profit effort failed. Though it seemed as recent as 2008 if I read correctly.
FYI. MSN Entertainment News posted a story that singer Amy Winehouse was charged this Wednesday in connection with an assault at a Milton Keynes Theater last Saturday.
MSN cited media reports that the altercation took place after she heckled a performance.
Though neither theater appears to currently have live performances.
Let’s hope she wasn’t heckling a movie.
I see that there are recent remakes of of St. Trinian’s films too.
I remember the original ones with Alistair Sim.
It would be a shame if they can’t make it. The closest competition is miles away. I’m guessing Webster Place. There’s no reason up to and including a poorly run place, that Piper’s Alley couldn’t stay in business. Wells Street still bustles with an eclectic crowd.
I can only guess that by running the older films, that that is their shot at being a revival house. Maybe they are unable to acquire or afford 1st run films or something.
Also this week all the old Second City alum were in town for it’s 50th.
So that may have had something to do with it. But that’s a stretch. If they had run “Home Alone”, “Strange Brew” or the like, I would see the connection.
It will be interesting to see what develops.
But if anyone who runs it is reading, get your hands on “Miracle On 34th Street”, “Scrooge”(1970 version) and whatever else you can dig up. Even the Pickwick is running “It’s a Wonderful Life”. For free no less.
FYI to all. The “Remembering Chicago” series is back in rotation on WTTW/PBS Channel 11 currently. Lots of glimpses of dowtown theatre footage from long ago. And references to the live shows that would follow the films at many.
Benny Goodman, Stooges, Les Brown etc.
I remember when this aired. It should be posted over on the Colonial/Iroquois page too.
I posted in Nov. 2008, a story of a woman who used to always walk around that site in “Widow’s Weeds”, when my grandmother was a child. Some type of mourning veils.
FYI. I’ve been perusing a June 3rd, 1965 Chicago Daily News.
It shows the LaGrange Theater located at 84 South LaGrange Road. Not 80 South as currently used.
I also just added a drive-in called the 66 Drive-In, located at Route 66 & LaGrange Rd. An intersection touched on in Gary Rickert’s May 31st 2007 post as Ogden(66) & LaGrange Rd.
And not mentioned by name or as a drive-in.
It’s possible the ownership was then the same, as they were both playing the same film “Circus World” starring John Wayne.
If that 66 Drive-In went by another name I hope the CT admins catch it. Cause I couldn’t find another one.