Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre

24 West Randolph Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 13, 2009 at 3:42 pm

I should give credit where credit is due, I guess. I saw Lost Memory using it.

If you have nothing to do for the next thirty minutes do a search on “Chicago”. You will be presented with 10 pages of color photos, many illustrating obscure Chicago neighborhood theatres. It is really fascinating.

Broan
Broan on April 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Wow, great discovery

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 13, 2009 at 1:40 pm

And in better times:

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P.S. Spend some time on this web site. It is excellent.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 13, 2009 at 1:38 pm

The Oriental during it’s life as the “Oriental Electronics” store:

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JRS40
JRS40 on March 27, 2009 at 10:12 am

MPol you are correct. The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre was the set up for SOME LIKE IT HOT. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon witnessed it and had to go on the run, thus dressing as women and joining a band. Although it took place in Chicago I don’t think those scenes were filmed there.

italactor
italactor on February 15, 2009 at 10:49 am

Does anyone remember VAUGN’s toy store near the Oreintal? I recall standing in line waiting to go into see a Disney movie, and as the line moved we passed this window with a wonderful display of toy soldiers, trains and lots of other great 1950s toys. IT was always a stop after the film, and I purchased a lot of the figures that I still have in my collection. I always thought those owners had the best location than any other toy store in Chicago. Nay one remember that?

italactor
italactor on February 15, 2009 at 10:49 am

Does anyone remember VAUGN’s toy store near the Oreintal? I recall standing in line waiting to go into see a Disney movie, and as the line moved we passed this window with a wonderful display of toy soldiers, trains and lots of other great 1950s toys. IT was always a stop after the film, and I purchased a lot of the figures that I still have in my collection. I always thought those owners had the best location than any other toy store in Chicago. Nay one remember that?

MPol
MPol on February 15, 2009 at 8:36 am

True enough, David Zornig.

(a bit off-topic, but) Regarding the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, isn’t that what the movie “Some Like It Hot” was based on? I have a feeling that it was.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 14, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Wow. Just seeing (Jim) Colosimo’s name, reminded me today is the 80th anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. And not a word of it mentioned on the evening news.

MPol
MPol on February 14, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Another cool-looking theatre!

Broan
Broan on February 14, 2009 at 8:47 pm

They played the Loop End starting Nov. 5, 1931.
Oriental starting September 8, 1935.
Oriental starting January 19, 1936.
Uptown starting February 23, 1936.
State-Lake starting May 9, 1937.
Cocoanut Grove (Morton Grove) starting June 20, 1937.
Palace starting July 24, 1938.
State-Lake starting February 26, 1939.
Oriental starting January 21, 1940.
Oriental starting November 29, 1942.
Oriental starting September 19, 1943.
Colosimo’s late August 1946.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 14, 2009 at 7:38 pm

You may want to try contacting Rich Koz at TV Channel 26 the “U”, in Chicago.
He runs a show called “Stoogapalooza” every Saturday evening on that channel. I assume he is a Stooge historian as well.

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on February 14, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Does anyone have any information on The Three Stooge’s live appearance at the Oriental? A friend of mine lives in Chicago, and is also trying to find out if the Three Stooges lived in Chicago at any time.

Thanks,

Frank Reighter

JRS40
JRS40 on January 23, 2009 at 8:04 am

You’re quite welcome OeOeO. Back in the 60’s and 70’s when I was young I kept a notebook and would note each Friday what was playing at the downtown palaces. A few years ago I happen to come across them again and since I knew of this website I thought I would share hoping others were interested in what these great theaters played and when. If you check out many of the other palaces in Chicago you will see their bookings as well.

OeOeO
OeOeO on January 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Many thanks to JRS40 for compiling the lists of movies and the dates they ran at the theaters. May I ask you where you mine the data? Thanks.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 11, 2008 at 5:42 pm

Ronny’s, wow. I remember the plastic lunchroom style trays like it was yesterday. I think there’s some version of it at Clark & Lake now. Adjacent to the entrance to the “L”.

Broan
Broan on December 11, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Randolph at its lowest point: View link

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 21, 2008 at 10:42 am

What name is the Iroquois Theatre listed under on Cinema Treasures?

jflundy
jflundy on November 20, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Another view of same scene: View link

jflundy
jflundy on November 20, 2008 at 3:41 pm

1946 large format B7W photo of marquee with “Outlaw” plus Jane Russel Live on board. German restaurant nextdoor.
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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 17, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Ah, Thanks BWChicago. I don’t suppose Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre is listed on CT under another name by chance is it? I’m pretty sure it never ran films.
And I don’t think the Blackstone did either, now that I think about it.
Haven’t been over there to see how it fared during the Blackstons Hotel’s massive renovation.

Broan
Broan on November 17, 2008 at 7:50 pm

It is listed under its current name, the Bank of America Theatre