Chicago Theatre

175 N. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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Broan on July 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Here is a 1987 view, with the vertical sign looking very worn

Broan on April 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

View link another photo from the lens of Stanley Kubrick

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm

This photograph of the Chicago Theatre was taken in 1933 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann.

KenC on December 14, 2010 at 6:35 pm

From the Tribune movie directory dated Friday, December 5, 1941: CHICAGO OPEN 10:15A.M. TODAY The sky’s the limit for stage revelry and screen deviltry! CLAUDETTE COLBERT RAY MILLAND BRIAN AHERNE “SKYLARK” oo- LA-LA ON STAGE! CLIFFORD C. FISCHER’S ALL NEW Folies Bergere of 1942 70 Dazzling Minutes 53 Entertainers 10 Lavish Scenes 30 Gorgeous BEAUTIES featuring GENE SHELDON SENOR WENCES LUCIENNE & ASHOUR ANDRE RATOUCHEFF LITTLE FRED & CO. (and a few other names I’ve never heard of- with the exception of Senor Wences on the Ed Sullivan show?).

hendersonjr on December 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm

On Dec.7, 1941. My Dad took me to a Matinee at the Chicago Theater. When we came out,the streets were full of newspaper Boys. Extra, Extra “WAR”. We saw a very funny Vaudville act that I’ll never forget. A Man, A chair And a Banjo. The guys fingers and hands kept getting stuck on everything. But for the life of me, I can’t remember what else was playing that life changing day. Can someone out there help me ?? Its one of those things that we all suffer from. I just gotta know.
Thanks. Billjr.

Broan on November 28, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Here’s a picture of the “Little Chicago” screening room. The film was, of course, 101 Dalmatians. View link

JudithK on May 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I saw “Bye Bye Birdie” at the Chicago Theatre (the town in which I lived didn’t get first bookings of films so we came to downtown Chicago to see movies). A long time elapsed, into the mid-1980’s I believe when a friend and I saw Liza Minnelli perform at the Chicago (her Dad had worked there before he became a film director). The theatre was in some need of rehabbing but nothing that couldn’t be done with reinvestment, which is what happened. The Chicago Theatre is a difficult theatre to do theatrical shows in (I saw “My Fair Lady” on tryout tour with Richard Chamberlain as well as “South Pacific” with Robert Goulet) as I believe it has a very small orchestra pit – the latter show had a four-piece combo as I remember!

Ziggy on April 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Those are some great photos. I assume they were taken pre-restoration.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Interesting article. Thanks B.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 1, 2010 at 9:49 am

I just scanned the entire nine year-long string above. Surprisingly I don’t see any discussion on the organ. Is the current organ original to the Chicago? If not, where did it come from and what happened to the original?

DavidZornig on February 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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.

Broan on February 18, 2010 at 7:43 am

They aren’t all working, last time I saw them lit.

Bing00 on February 18, 2010 at 7:42 am

Why doesn’t the Chicago light all the lights adorning the building?

bruceanthony on December 21, 2009 at 9:15 pm

How is the Vaudville show at the Chicago is it any good? Has the Chicago been busy with this production? I know after its run in Chicago it will open at the Beacon in New York City.brucec

pritikin1 on December 6, 2009 at 7:31 am

In the summer of 1951, I was first in line to see Milton Berle and buxom Dagmar… after staying for 4 shows… Uncle Miltie had me kicked out of the theater for heckling him! A few years later I watched a film with Jeff Chandler and Joan Crawford, and a stage show that had Patti Page and Bill Halley and the Comets on the same bill for a buck!

gridlock on October 5, 2009 at 10:26 am

I am looking for interior shots of the Chicago. I would especially appreciate it if someone could post a shot of the seating area as seen from the stage.

Thanks in advance!

gridlock on October 5, 2009 at 10:26 am

I am looking for interior shots of the Chicago. I would especially appreciate it if someone could post a shot of the seating area as seen from the stage.

Thanks in advance!

michaelkaplan on August 6, 2009 at 8:21 am

There are great Technicolor views of the Chicago in these 1948 short documentaries:

DavidZornig on May 24, 2009 at 9:55 pm

FYI. If you enlarge Lost Memory’s May 2009 pic, you can just make out the painted wall signage I mentioned above.

DavidZornig on May 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm

FYI. In BWChicago’s April 19th post of a 1944 photo, the word Chicago can be seen painted on the side alley wall. Directly behind the Marshall Fields clock trajectory wise.
I cut through that very alley today, and the painted remnants of the sign are still there. It says Chicago Theater Entrance, with a giant arrow pointing towards the State Street entrance. It should be noted that it spelled Theater with the “er”, and not Theatre with an “re”.
Those old signs painted directly on to brick, were usually done using lead based paints. Paint which could withstand the elements, and the porousness of brick.
It is the reason most are still visible and survive today. I unfortunately didn’t have a camera with me.

kencmcintyre on May 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Here is a 1948 photo from the Chicago Tribune: