Patio Theatre

6008 West Irving Park Road,
Chicago, IL 60634

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Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on May 23, 2012 at 12:29 am

DaveM on December 10, 2011 at 11:34 am

See the attached letter from Demetri Kouvalis on;

It would be a shame to lose the Patio at this point. We’ve been out to see Thor, Drive, Fast Five, Crazy Stupid Love, Puss in Boots, Back to the Future, Pirates and Columbiana since the Patio reopened, and we don’t even live in Portage Park. It would be a shame to lose the theater again.

Go Patio!

whtesoxfan56 on October 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Darn, that’s sad to hear the man who brought this theater back to decent shape up till 2001 passed away. I’m glad his son chose to reopen it, and will hopefully keep it going for years and years to come.

Heck, I remember the recorded answering machine greetings that I believe he probably recorded each week, back when Alex ran the theater.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on October 5, 2011 at 6:23 am

I’m sad to report that Alex Kouvalis has passed away

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Brian and I are thinking alike on this one. The theatre clearly adds something to the city. But it is also clearly not a highly lucrative operation. Little is gained and much is lost by taxing it to death.

Broan on July 11, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I think it would be possible to exempt four screens or less since they’re at a competitive disadvantage to the larger screens, or exempt second run, or a combination of the two

BobbyS on July 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I think the amusement tax is helpful for the city when it concerns ball games, rock concerts etc. They probably can’t exempt classic movie theaters because it is for profit as well as the movie theaters located in the city. That is why a first-run movie house costs more in the city vs.suburbs. I hope the crowds keep up the attendence.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

I think that city amusement tax is a dinosaur from a bygone era. Back in the day running a movie theatre was lucrative. Nowadays assessing this tax is like trying to get blood from a stone. Not surprisingly it is taking government officials many decades to catch up to this fact.

EricV on July 11, 2011 at 8:26 am

Saw “Super 8” this past Saturday, theatre looks great. I hope it gets the business it requires to be a success.

BobbyS on June 6, 2011 at 9:18 pm

The Patio also looked great Sat night. Another large crowd and the stars were twinkling and the clouds were a drifting. Everybody applauded when the picture was over. The marquee needs some work.

WHALER66 on June 6, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Sounds like the Portage all over again; the city trying to squeeze a potential owner until they have to say uncle and walk away.

DaveM on June 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

The Patio looked great last Friday. There was a large and appreciative crowd, and the projection and sound were excellent. The print of Thor was pristine as well—it looked brand new.

BobbyS on June 3, 2011 at 7:42 am

The best of luck Patio Theatre on this day of re-opening! A rare day indeed when a Chicago movie gem re-opens! Bravo..

DanLon on June 3, 2011 at 5:01 am

Also, you have the neighborhood listed as “Pottage Park” it actually “Portage Park”

DanLon on June 3, 2011 at 4:53 am

Status should be changed to OPEN. It is reopening today, June 3, 2011 at 4pm!!! Just like Shirey, I too am excited about it being reopened!

shirleym1227 on June 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I am VERY excited that the Patio is going to reopen. I will be there to support the theater as much as I can afford and as long as there are movies I like. A HUGE THANK YOU making this happen!!1

CSWalczak on May 29, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Sun-Times article about the reopening with a picture; the article indicates the reopening will be June 4:

Trolleyguy on May 27, 2011 at 7:51 am

According to the website, the Patio will reopen on June 3 with a screening of “Thor.”

Hope it works out OK.

BobbyS on May 5, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I am afraid we may have to wait. I understand the city is making quite a few demands one being new doors with push bar openers due to the E2 night club diaster in Chicago a few years back. There is also many other problems. I hope they can overcome these. It would be a shame if after all the renovations they are not allowed to open and let us see the beauty again. I am amazed how the city and cook county for that matter has the highest taxes in the country. One only has to pass any gas station in the city to see the high price compared to lake or dupage county. I cannot understand how the residents allow this year after year…..and then there is the conditions of the pavements of the streets.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on May 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

Bobby S.

Unfortunately yes the city tax is to blame. It’s pretty high. The Three Penny Cinema closed because the owner was unable to pay the high city/county amusement taxes.

I’m wondering when this place will re-open.

BobbyS on April 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm

What is holding up the re-opening of this beautiful gem? I am eager to pay my admission at the box office. I recently paid a visit to the Music Box on a matinee during the week and was surprised to pay $8.25 senior. I thought that was high. The ticket agent said the city tax is to blame. Is that true?

patiotheater on February 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm

The Patio has the inconvenience of no dedicated parking, where the Pickwick does. That is one of the major issues the Patio Theater faces.

BobbyS on February 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Demetri, I wonder how the Pickwick theater does it in Park Ridge. They show first-run and have a pretty good attendance. I pay $5 because I am a senior citizen, but I see plenty of younger people there when the new film opens. I think the community would pay it. After all, the muli-plexes charge almost $10 and they could never give you the experience of your beautiful theater! But of course, I am prejudice. I think the Patio is a national treasure!

patiotheater on February 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Hmmm, we never planned on showing first run films because we would be forced to charge a $7.50 admission fee. Back when the theater was open from 1987-2001 we had $2 and $3 admission prices. To re-open with a $7.50 admission charge for 1st run films might be to big of a leap for the community. That is…unless we have a lot of support and backup from the community for a $7.50 admission price for first run films?

BobbyS on February 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm

A first-run film in a beautiful theater with a great screen and a pipe organ before the feature! Sounds like 1950’s Chicago! I am sure this will be a big hit not just for the neighborhood but for all of Chicago! The best of luck, and I and my friends will be regular patrons. Looking forward..