Woods Theater

54 W. Randolph Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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teddy666
teddy666 on September 5, 2008 at 11:18 pm

I would LOVE to see any interior shots of this theater. I have never seen any and heard it was very nice.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 1, 2008 at 10:49 am

Doh!,stupid me. “Skatetown” U.S.A. played the Woods almost a year before Xanadu was released. 10/79 vs. 8/80.
So the imdb page must have meant “rushed into production”, as to not be hurt by “Xanadu”. Still, really? Like anything with Ron Palillo, Maureen McCormick & Patrick Swayze had a worry about ONJ?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 1, 2008 at 10:41 am

Great pictures. The first is indeed early 80's or very late70’s. The cab doing the lane stradling on the left is a post`78 Ford LTD or Mercury Crown Vic.
You can also see the back of the once smoking Winston billboard over the Walgreens. It had a control room built onto the back.

The second photo is also early 80’s. Though “Skatetown U.S.A.” was made in 1979, according to imdb.com it’s release date was held up as to not be hurt by Xanadu. Imagine that ever being a fear. Scott Baio actually had top billing, but the Woods apparently chose to blaze Flip Wilson’s name in lights.

I’d forgotten how unique the Woods additional upper marquee was. Individual sculpted letters made up of different colored bulbs. Wouldn’t have risked the dogs at Shmendl’s by that time.
There was an Orange Julius nearby though, I think next to the State-Lake.

Broan
Broan on September 1, 2008 at 8:50 am

By “it” I mean the Oriental.

Broan
Broan on September 1, 2008 at 8:50 am

http://www.streetsandsoul.com/chicago/old15.jpg This looks like a shot from the mid-80s, while it was an electronics store

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 29, 2008 at 12:14 pm

I liked the Woods a lot. Clean, well run with seemingly a lot of ushers.
We saw “Diamonds Are Forever” there, and “The Spy Who Loved Me” with a group of about 6-7 people.

I remember the crowds at “Diamonds Are Forever”, and the ushers doing their best to maintain order. Red velvet ropes were used to contain those in line until the previous performance had cleared completely. We were 11 years old going on about 14. But there would be no sneeking a second viewing that time around.

I thought that since it was in and of the building above it, that it would somehow be saved by default. Who knew Loop values would go so wild, after years of a ghost town atmosphere at night.

Nearby or maybe next to The Oriental was a restaurant/bar that had a giant offset swing, that a girl swung out over Randolph on. She was 2 stories up, and it looked dangerous as all get out.
It wasn’t the Red Garter Revue though, as that facade is way too small.
This place with giant swing was German I think. I think it was next to Ronnie’s Steak House.

Near the Woods also was a basement bar that ABC’s Joel Daly’s Sundowners band used to play at a lot.

There was also a Red Garter Saloon on Pearson between State & Wabash. Where Loyola’s Law School is now. They had live, New Orleans style entertainment.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on June 26, 2008 at 7:09 pm

The Deleware Building across Dearborn Street from the Woods looks better today than it ever has. I believe it is one of the oldest buildings in the Loop.

GrandMogul
GrandMogul on December 20, 2007 at 5:29 pm

… thanks JRS and Jon Putnam for both your contributions—-most informative …

JonPutnam
JonPutnam on December 20, 2007 at 2:15 pm

CHICAGO TRIBUNE (January 8, 1989)

“Say goodbye to Loop’s last movie house”

by Rudolph Unger


The lights on movie theater marquees in Chicago’s Loop have been flickering out one by one over the years, and the Loop’s last marquee was to go dark Sunday as the Woods Theater closed its doors.

The demise of the theater where “Gone with the Wind” premiered on a reserved-seat basis in 1940, beginning an engagement that lasted an entire year, will make Monday the first day in more than three-quarters of a century that the city’s Loop will be without a movie theater.

The Woods, on the northwest corner of Randolph and Dearborn Streets, will close to make way for a 30-story office building, becoming the latest victim of the Loop’s decline as an entertainment center and its growth as a commercial center.

The 1,100-seat Woods is the last movie house to join the scrap heap of the once glittering film palaces that radiated like brillant necklaces near the intersection of State and Randolph Streets.

“There was always a festival air surrounding the intersection of State and Randolph, the center of the Loop’s night life,” said Edward Barry, a veteran newspaper cultural critic.

“I still recall the first of the great silent Harold Lloyd comedy films, `Safety First,‘ at the Chicago in 1923, in which he hung from the Wrigley Building clock.”

The late Danny Kaye, the funny man whose uproarious first movie, “Up in Arms,” graced the Woods marquee for a year in 1944, would weep if he could see the Loop today, devoid of even a single silver screen.

Bob Hope, that other funny man who once stood penniless outside Loop theaters in the 1920s before his star ascended, would certainly look in amazement at the shuttered show houses and sites of razed cinema palaces whose marquees once were emblazoned with the names of the brightest stars in Hollywood’s firmament:

Actors such as Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, Charlie Chaplin, Jack Benny, Fred Astaire, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Spencer Tracy.

Actresses such as Greta Garbo, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Fontaine, Judy Garland, Ingrid Bergman and Barbara Stanwyck.

The Chicago Theatre, long the flagship of the sumptuous Loop show places, was saved from destruction through a massive civic effort to refurbish it as a center of live entertainment.

But shadows overhang its future since its operator, Chicago Theatre Productions, went into bankruptcy last summer, and the theater has been reopened only for an occasional event since.

Gone forever are such popular show houses as the State-Lake Theater, across the street from the Chicago.

The Loop, just south of the Chicago, which for a time featured newsreels, is long gone.

The Roosevelt, a block south on State, and the opulent Oriental, on Randolph just west of State, gave way to stores.

The United Artists, down the street from the Oriental and kitty corner from the Woods, closed last year.

The Garrick, onetime neighbor of the Woods, was replaced with a parking garage.

The Apollo, just west of the Garrick, made way for the Greyhound bus terminal, which itself is now to be razed so that twin office towers can be built on Randolph Street.

The McVickers Theater, on Madison Street just west of State, was taken over by film producer Mike Todd to feature his Todd-A-O process films, beginning with the screen version of the musical “Oklahoma.”

North of the Woods on Dearborn Street, the two Dearborn Cinemas had a short-lived existence after opening in the old Michael Todd and Cinestage Theaters.

The properties, owned by Todd’s estate, are to be sold to the developer of the Greyhound property and restored to their original names, Harris and Selywn, and their original use as playhouses.

Also long gone from the scene is the Palace Theater, in the Bismarck Hotel complex, once known as the home of the wide-screen Cinerama films.

At one time, the Palace, like the Chicago, the State-Lake and the Oriental, featured not only first-run films from Hollywood but they also hosted live stage entertainment.

“From childhood on, going to movies was a big thrill,” recalled Herman Kogan, Chicago historian and newspaperman. “On Saturdays, that meant going to one of the big Loop show palaces, where you could see stage shows as well as first-run films.”

There were other, smaller theaters scattered about the Loop where B films or reruns of first-run movies could be seen, usually for a cut-rate price.

These included the Monroe, the Clark and the LaSalle, which stood on the site of the present-day St. Peter Catholic Church at 110 W. Madison St.

The Today theater, located on Madison Street just west of Dearborn and which specialized in newsreels, also disappeared.

The movies came to Chicago’s Loop-traditionally defined as the city blocks lying within the “loop” of the downtown elevated tracks-early in this century.

“The movie parlor that grew into today’s cinema palace really began with the opening of Jones, Linick and Schaefer’s house on State Street on Oct. 5, 1905,” according to a historical piece by the late William Leonard, longtime Tribune night life critic. The pioneer facility was a 300-seat amphitheatre on the east side of the street, between Monroe and Adams Streets toward the south end of what is now the Palmer House building.

Today’s theater owners believe that placing movie houses closer to where people live and shop is the future of the film industry. Movie houses have sprouted in off-downtown areas of the city and in suburban shopping centers. The theater chains also prefer to have several smaller theaters in one complex, showing several films simultaneously and offering greater variety to moviegoers.

The Cineplex Odeon theater chain, which owns the Woods, last month opened the new 5-screen, 1,250-seat Burnham Plaza Cinemas at 826 S. Wabash Ave., in the south-of-the-Loop residential areas of Printer’s Row and Dearborn Park.

Also typical today is the 8-screen, 1,900-seat Webster Place at Clybourn and Webster Avenues, opened last July by the M & R theater chain in a once-industrial corridor now lined with shops and restaurants that draw from rehabbed North Side residential neighborhoods.

In December, Cineplex Odeon opened a 6-screen, 1,855-seat complex in the River Oaks shopping center in Calumet City, which complements an existing 8-screen complex.

The historic Woods, like several other Loop theaters in recent years, had faded into a showhouse largely for films highlighting themes of sex, violence and racial exploitation.

The last films scheduled to be shown at the Woods are “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” and “Hellbound: Hellraiser II.”

Broan
Broan on September 22, 2007 at 9:11 am

Here is a postcard view.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 11, 2007 at 12:09 am

From the LA Times, 2/23/82

Chicago (UPI)– Joseph Wade was watching a horror flick called “The Creeper” at a downtown theater when a rat bit him on the ankle. Wade said he thought at first that he had been kicked by the woman seated next to him. When he figured out what really happened, “the theater manager wouldnt believe him and originally called the police to eject him,” his attorney said. Michael Olson, a supervisor for the firm that runs the Woods Theater, said the company will pay for Wade’s treatment at a hospital, which included a tetanus shot.

CHICTH74
CHICTH74 on July 20, 2007 at 12:35 am

Does any one know ware pictutes if any can be seen?
thank you for you time.

JRS40
JRS40 on May 4, 2007 at 4:00 pm

Here is the listing of what played here from 1964-1980.

1/03/1964 – THE CARDINAL
4/01/1964 – NIGHT MUST FALL
4/22/1964 – FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
6/26/1964 – THE LONG SHIPS
7/24/1964 – BLACK LIKE ME
8/14/1964 – MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH plus BLACK SABBATH
8/28/1964 – A HARD DAY’S NIGHT
9/11/1964 – WOMAN OF STRAIN
9/25/1964 – OF HUMAN BONDAGE
10/16/1964- FATE IS THE HUNTER
10/30/1964- THE YOUNG LOVERS
11/20/1964- KITTEN WITH A WHIP
12/25/1964- FATHER GOOSE
2/12/1965 – THE PLEASURE SEEKERS
3/05/1965 – SLAVE TRADE IN THE WORLD TODAY
3/31/1965 – JOHN GOLDFARB, PLEASE COME HOME
5/05/1965 – MALAMONDO
5/19/1965 – MY BABY IS BLACK
6/09/1965 – HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA
6/23/1965 – VON RYAN’S EXPRESS
8/11/1965 – HELP!
9/15/1965 – A RAGE TO LIVE
10/6/1965 – BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING
10/27/1965- MICKEY ONE
11/10/1965- THE NANNY
12/24/1965- BOEING, BOEING
1/21/1966 – OUR MAN FLINT
4/01/1966 – FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX
4/29/1966 – A MAN COULD GET KILLED
5/27/1966 – LOST COMMAND
6/17/1966 – HIGH YELLOW
6/24/1966 – MODESTY BLAISE
8/10/1966 – HOW TO STEAL A MILLION
9/28/1966 – FANTASTIC VOYAGE
11/8/1966 – WAY, WAY OUT
12/9/1966 – THE FLAME AND THE FIRE
12/21/1966- THE BUBBLE
1/25/1967 – WARNING SHOT
2/10/1967 – BLOW UP
5/26/1967 – HURRY SUNDOWN
7/21/1967 – HELLS ANGELS ON WHEELS
9/01/1967 – THE NAKED RUNNER
9/22/1967 – BONNIE AND CLYDE
11/22/1967- COOL HAND LUKE
2/21/1968 – WAIT UNTIL DARK
4/17/1968 – THE FOX
8/21/1968 – THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR
10/17/1968- SALT AND PEPPER
11/13/1968- FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE plus THUNDERBALL
11/27/1968- YELLOW SUBMARINE
12/18/1968- THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY'S
12/29/1968- THE UGLY ONES
1/15/1969 – BUONO SERA, MRS. CAMPBELL
2/05/1969 – PENDELUM
3/05/1969 – TWISTED NERVE
3/26/1969 – DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE
4/23/1969 – SAM WHISKEY
5/07/1969 – THE FIRST TIME
5/28/1969 – WHERE IT’S AT
6/11/1969 – POPI
6/27/1969 – THE BRIDGE AT REMAGEN
7/14/1969 – MIDNIGHT COWBOY
11/5/1969 – ALICE’S RESTAURANT
12/18/1969- ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE
2/11/1970 – THE SECRET OF SANTA VITTORIA
3/04/1970 – WHAT DO YOU SAY TO A NAKED LADY?
4/01/1970 – HALLS OF ANGER
5/13/1970 – THE MERCENARY
5/27/1970 – COTTON COMES TO HARLEM
9/04/1970 – THEY CALL ME MISTER TIBBS
10/14/1970- THE LANDLORD
11/25/1970- THE McKENZIE BREAK
12/11/1970- HORNET’S NEST
12/18/1970- WHERE’S POPPA?
1/01/1971 – THUNDERBALL plus YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
2/05/1971 – BURN!
3/05/1971 – VALDEZ IS COMING
4/16/1971 – RUSS MEYER’S FINDERS KEEPERS LOVERS WEEPERS
4/30/1971 – BIG DOLL HOUSE
5/28/1971 – THE HUNTING PARTY
6/22/1971 – WILLARD
8/27/1971 – LAWMAN
9/24/1971 – DOC
10/22/1971- ADIOS SABATA
11/20/1971- THE ORGANIZATION
12/22/1971- DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
3/10/1972 – THE HONKERS
3/17/1972 – TWILIGHT PEOPLE
3/24/1972 – GHETTO FREAKS
4/07/1972 – DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE
4/21/1972 – THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
5/12/1972 – CHATO’S LAND
5/26/1972 – STANLEY
6/07/1972 – SWEET SUGAR
6/16/1972 – THE LIMIT
6/30/1972 – COME BACK CHARLESTON BLUE
9/01/1972 – RETURN OF SABATA plus THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN RIDE
9/15/1972 – HAMMER
10/6/1972 – THUNDERBALL plus YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
10/20/1972- THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT
11/22/1972- THE MECHANIC
12/15/1972- ACROSS 110TH STREET
2/23/1973 – ALABAMA’S GHOST
3/09/1973 – SAVAGE
3/28/1973 – RUSS MEYER’S BLACKSNAKE
4/13/1973 – THEATER OF BLOOD
5/04/1973 – THE FAMILY
5/25/1973 – PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID
6/15/1973 – THE HAMMER OF GOD
6/29/1973 – LIVE AND LET DIE
8/05/1973 – I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL’S ISLAND
8/17/1973 – PANCHO VILLA plus BAD MAN’S RIVER
8/31/1973 – THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR
10/5/1973 – BLACK JACK
10/17/1973- FISTS OF THE DOUBLE K
11/2/1973 – THE BLACK SIX
11/30/1973- DEADLY CHINA DOLL
12/19/1973- WILLIE DYNAMITE
1/25/1974 – BUSTING
2/22/1974 – FIVE ON THE BLACK HAND SIDE
4/12/1974 – BAMBOO GODS AND IRON MEN
4/26/1974 – IT’S ALIVE
5/24/1974 – THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT
6/28/1974 – MR. MAJESTYK
7/19/1974 – JOHNNY TOUGH
8/16/1974 – BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA
9/06/1974 – THE BLACK GODFATHER
9/27/1974 – AMAZING GRACE
10/25/1974- WALKING TALL
11/8/1974 – THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3
11/27/1974- THE BEAST MUST DIE plus SEIZURE
12/18/1974- THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
1/17/1975 – T.N.T. JACKSON
1/31/1975 – KUNG FU MASSACRE plus FORCED TO FIGHT
2/14/1975 – SOLOMON KING plus THE THUNDER KICK
2/28/1975 – HONEY BABY plus THE STEEL EDGE OF REVENGE
3/14/1975 – REPORT TO THE COMMISSIONER
3/28/1975 – THE NO-MERCY MAN plus SHANGHAI LIL & THE SUN LUCK KID
4/11/1975 – THUNDERFIST plus THE TONGFATHER
4/18/1975 – THE CANDY TANGERINE MAN
5/07/1975 – POP GOES THE WEASEL
5/16/1975 – BRUCE AND I
5/30/1975 – DOLEMITE
6/20/1975 – THE WILBY CONSPIRACY
7/04/1975 – DELIVER US FROM EVIL
7/25/1975 – DOUBLE POSSESSION plus HONKY
8/08/1975 – BLACK FRANKENSTEIN
8/15/1975 – THE BLACK DRAGON vs THE YELLOW TIGER plus CASTLE OF FU MANCHU
8/22/1975 – ROLLERBALL
9/12/1975 – MAHALIA
9/26/1975 – REVOLT OF THE DRAGON plus THE ISAAC HAYES SPECIAL
10/10/1975- DIAMONDS
10/22/1975- CALL HIM MISTER SHATTER
10/31/1975- SISTERS plus COFFY
11/7/1975 – DOLEMITE plus BOSS NIGGER
11/14/1975- THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN plus THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT
11/21/1975- CASSY
11/28/1975- SHANGHAI JOE plus FROM CHINA WITH DEATH
12/5/1975 – ACROSS 110TH STREET plus COTTON COMES TO HARLEM
12/12/1975- FIVE ON THE BLACK HAND SIDE plus AMAZING GRACE
12/19/1975- ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE plus BRANNIGAN
12/26/1975- ADIOS AMIGO
1/30/1976 – THE PREMONITION
2/20/1976 – KILLER FORCE
3/19/1976 – DR. BLACK AND MR. HYDE
4/02/1976 – BREAKHEART PASS
4/16/1976 – DR. TARR’S TORTURE DUNGEON plus BEYOND THE LIVING DEAD
4/30/1976 – DEADLY HERO
5/07/1976 – HIGH YELLOW plus TIGER FORCE
5/14/1976 – TRACKDOWN
5/21/1976 – THE MISSOURI BREAKS
6/18/1976 – THE BAD BUNCH plus CHALLENGE OF THE DRAGON
7/02/1976 – BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS
7/16/1976 – GATOR
7/30/1976 – TWILIGHT PEOPLE plus BOSS NIGGER plus SUPERDUDE plus JOHNNY TOUGH
8/06/1976 – THE HUMAN TORNADO
9/03/1976 – DEVIL WOMAN plus DRAGONS NEVER DIE
9/17/1976 – DEMON WITCH CHILD plus TERROR AT RED WOLF INN
10/1/1976 – BURNT OFFERINGS
10/15/1976- THE BOD SQUAD plus SHANGHAI KILLERS
10/29/1976- MURDER IN THE ORIENT plus BEHIND THE SHUTTERS
11/5/1976 – CARRIE
12/22/1976- SILVER STREAK
4/01/1977 – ROCKY
5/06/1977 – THE GODFATHER plus THE GODFATHER PART II
5/20/1977 – CURSE OF THE DEVIL plus KUNG FU BROTHERS
5/27/1977 – AUDREY ROSE plus THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN RIDE
6/15/1977 – A BRIDGE TOO FAR
7/22/1977 – KID VENGEANCE plus DEATH OF A GUNFIGHTER
8/05/1977 – SINDBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER plus BUCK AND THE PREACHER
8/12/1977 – THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
9/30/1977 – NIGHT CHILD plus BEYOND THE DOOR
10/14/1977- THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES plus PANCHO VILLA
10/21/1977- DAMNATION ALLEY
11/11/1977- PETEY WHEATSTRAW
11/25/1977- CRY FOR ME, BILLY plus THE GODFATHER SQUAD
12/2/1977 – SHANGHAI KILLERS plus STREETGANGS OF HONG KONG plus BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA plus HELL UP IN HARLEM
12/21/1977- THE GAUNTLET
2/10/1978 – A HERO AIN’T NOTHIN BUT A SANDWICH
3/17/1978 – CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
4/14/1978 – THE MEDUSA TOUCH
4/28/1978 – THE TOOLBOX MURDERS plus DRAGON SQUAD
5/19/1978 – DRACULA’S DOG plus OUT OF THE DARKNESS
6/02/1978 – BIG DOLL HOUSE plus MAN OF IRON plus BIG BAD MAMA plus THE THUNDER KICK
6/09/1978 – DAMIEN: OMEN II
7/21/1978 – STAR WARS
8/18/1978 – DEATH FORCE plus CASTLE OF FU MANCHU
8/25/1978 – PIRANHA plus THE STING OF THE WEST
9/15/1978 – THE HILLS HAVE EYES plus BOOT HILL
9/29/1978 – RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD plus BOD SQUAD
10/13/1978- THE BODYGUARD plus GOODBYE BRUCE LEE plus THE EVIL
10/27/1978- MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
11/24/1978- STONY ISLAND
12/8/1978 – WONDER WOMEN plus MONKEY HUSTLE plus THE BROTHERS plus SCHOOL OF FEAR
12/15/1978- THE TOOLBOX MURDERS plus SABATA plus BIG BAD MAMA plus THE THUNDER KICK
12/22/1978- CALIFORNIA SUITE
2/23/1979 – HARDCORE plus KUNG FU MASTER
3/30/1979 – BRUCE LEE FIGHTS BACK FROM THE GRAVE plus DEVIL WOMAN plus GOODBYE BRUCE LEE
4/13/1979 – BEYOND THE DOOR 2 plus THE DRAGON LIVES
5/04/1979 – PHANTASM
5/25/1979 – THE BROOD plus KUNG FU MASSACRE
6/08/1979 – THE RAVAGERS plus WONDER WOMEN plus BLACKBELT
6/15/1979 – THE HITTER plus THE HOUSE THAT CRIED MURDER
6/29/1979 – NIGHTWING plus DUEL IN THE TIGER DEN
7/13/1979 – TERROR plus FISTS OF THE DOUBLE K
7/27/1979 – UP FROM THE DEPTHS plus SOUL OF CHIBA plus BIG BAD MAMA
8/03/1979 – THE AMITYVILLE HORROR
9/14/1979 – DISCO GODFATHER plus DEEP WEST
9/28/1979 – THE ONION FIELD
10/19/1979- BAD GUYS WEAR BLACK plus BIG BIRD CAGE plus THE EVIL
10/26/1979- SKATETOWN U.S.A.
11/16/1979- INVASION OF THE KUNG FU KILLER plus WOMEN IN CAGES plus BLOODY FRIDAY
11/30/1979- FIVE MASTERS OF DEATH plus THE MAN WITH TWO HEADS
12/14/1979- BOLO THE BRUTE plus BIG BAD MAMA plus HORROR OF THE BLOOD MONSTERS
12/21/1979- ROLLER BOOGIE plus ENTER THE DEVIL
1/11/1980 – THE TATTOO CONNECTION
2/01/1980 – THE FOG
3/07/1980 – THE DEADLY ANGELS plus THE 5 DEADLY VENOMS
3/21/1980 – DYNAMO plus SUPERCHICK plus ADIOS SABATA
4/04/1980 – THE FIFTH FLOOR plus THE DRAGON LIVES
4/25/1980 – DEATH SHIP plus DUEL OF THE DRAGONS
5/09/1980 – THE LAST CHALLENGE OF THE DRAGON plus BEYOND THE DARKNESS plus DEVIL WOMAN
5/16/1980 – MAD MAX plus SEVEN
5/30/1980 – HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP plus ANGEL’S BRIGADE
6/19/1980 – ROUGH CUT plus ENCOUNTER THE DRAGON
6/27/1980 – WHEN THE SCREAMING STOPS plus BLOODY MAMA plus SHADOW OF THE DRAGON
7/04/1980 – THE DEVIL’S 3 plus BRUCE LEE FIGHTS BACK FROM THE GRAVE plus NIGHTMARE IN BLOOD
7/11/1980 – THE CHILDREN plus PROM NIGHT
8/08/1980 – THE HUNTER plus CRAZY MAMA
8/22/1980 – PROM NIGHT plus THE CHILDREN plus KILLER FISH
8/29/1980 – DON’T GO IN THE HOUSE plus THE BOD SQUAD
9/05/1980 – FIST OF FEAR, TOUCH OF DEATH
9/19/1980 – 3 AVENGERS plus PIRANHA plus CHAIN GANG WOMEN
9/26/1980 – NIGHTMARE plus STAYIN ALIVE
10/3/1980 – BRUCE IS LOOSE plus NIGHTMARE plus BLOODY FRIDAY
10/10/1980- THE EXTERMINATOR
10/31/1980- THE AWAKENING
11/14/1980- THE FOG plus PHANTASM plus THE AWAKENING
11/21/1980- SHOGUN ASSASSIN plus THE CHINATOWN KID
12/12/1980- STIR CRAZY

GrandMogul
GrandMogul on April 10, 2007 at 10:55 am

GOSSIP COLUMN ITEM:
Chicago Tribune, Thursday, July 7, 1960, s. 1, p. 14, c. 1:
Tower Ticker, by Herb Lyon

“… . dig this strange sightem in front of the Woods theater: A woman soliciting signatures on a petition [to draft Adlai] from people waiting in line to see Hitchcock’s "Psycho.” … ."


GrandMogul
GrandMogul on April 10, 2007 at 10:35 am

GOSSIP COLUMN ITEM:

Chicago Tribune, Friday, May 13, 1954, s. 2, p. 2, c. 7:
Tower Ticker, by Herb Lyon

“… . Biggest box office clicks in town are "Blackboard Jungle” at the Woods and G. Garbo in the oldie, “Camille,” at the Loop [she’s doin' just greta].

GrandMogul
GrandMogul on March 31, 2007 at 10:36 am

NEWS ITEM:
Chicago Daily News, Thursday, July 3, 1941, p. 17, c. 3:

‘CITZEN KANE’ WILL CLOSE AT WOODS JULY 13

After one of the longest movie runs in the Loop during the last year, Orson Welles' “Citizen Kane” will end its engagement at the Woods Theatrer Sunday night, July 13.

“Citizen Kane” had a dual premiere at the Woods and RKO Palace theaters on Tuesday, May 6. It ran for two weeks at the Palace and is now in its ninth week at the Woods. So it will have a total of 11 weeks in Chicago, exceeding in length the engagements in all cities except New York.


GrandMogul
GrandMogul on March 31, 2007 at 10:31 am

NEWS ITEM:
Chicago Daily News, Friday, June 13, 1941, p. 31, c. 2:

SUNDAY MARKS THE 150TH SHOWING OF ‘CITIZEN KANE’

The 150th showing of Orson Welles' “Citizen Kane” will take place Sunday afternoon, at the Woods Theater. The Midwest premiere took place on Tuesday, May 6 at the Woods and RKO Palace theaters and since May 20 the picture has been on a three-a-day policy at the Woods.

Counting the two weeks at the Palace, the film is now in its eighth Chicago week and indications point to a long run on Randolph street. Business has been close to capacity at all performances since the engagement was limited to the Woods Theater.

“Citizen Kane” is now in its ninth week in New York City and extended runs are in the making in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Washington.


GrandMogul
GrandMogul on March 29, 2007 at 2:10 pm

NEWS ITEM:

Chicago Daily News, Friday, June 13, 1941, p. 31, c. 2:

SUNDAY MARKS THE 150TH SHOWING OF ‘CITIZEN KANE’

The 150th showing of Orson Welles' “Citizen Kane,” will take place Sunday afternoon, at the Woods Theater. The Midwest premiere took place on Tuesday, May 6, at the Woods and RKO Palace theaters and since May 20 the picture has been on a three-a-day policy at the Woods.

Counting the two weeks at the Palace, the film is now in its eighth Chicago week and indications point to a long run on Randolph street. Business has been close to capacity at all performances since the engagement was limited to the Woods Theater.

“Citizen Kane” is now in its ninth week in New York City and extented runs are in the making in Los Angeles, San Franciso, Boston and Washington.
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KenC
KenC on February 9, 2007 at 8:54 am

What I think that refers to, Grand, is this: in the 1950s the Woods had all night shows… just like the Clark theatre. I remember newspaper ads for the Woods (MIDNIGHT SHOWS EVERY NIGHT TO 6 A.M.) If memory serves, one of those ads was for “RODAN, THE FLYING MONSTER”. Being so close to the Greyhound bus station, the Woods and the Clark had a potential audience of hundreds. By the late 50s to the early 80s, the Woods still had a midnight show. When Cineplex Odeon took over, they discontinued the late show. The Clark’s policy of 4 A.M. double features stopped about 1960. After that, the last double feature would start at 3A.M. By 1968-69, the Clark had the last double feature starting at 12 midnight. Less and less people were going downtown, and the riots at the Democratic National Convention did not help matters. TV, fear, fewer people using Greyhound, more people moving to the suburbs… the times they were a changing.

GrandMogul
GrandMogul on February 9, 2007 at 7:36 am

GOSSIP COLUMN ITEM:

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Thursday, July 31, 1958:

TOWER TICKER, by Herb Lyon

“… Ticker Takes: The Woods theater discontinued its all night movies. No night people? … ”

CHICTH74
CHICTH74 on January 1, 2007 at 7:06 pm

Can any one explane the diferance between signs,an example the Orential has a vertical sign that says “ORIENTAL” and it also has a sign that is over the sidewalk i know that this is the marquee but what is the name of the sign when it looks like the sign for the woods at the start of this page?I know that the woods had a marquee but what is the proper name of the “square sign” on top of the marquee. Is this concedered a true “Vertical Sign” or not.?
Thank you for your time on the question.

KenC
KenC on December 29, 2006 at 7:25 pm

My memories of the Woods are few, but all good. In August of 1964, the Woods had the Chicago premiere of “A HARD DAY’S NIGHT”. My friend and I went opening day to the first showing. The place was packed; we had to sit in the balcony near the projection booth. About a week later, I was downtown again and saw a minor demonstration under the marquee of the Woods. Three (maybe four) teenage guys were “protesting” the Beatles, and, I guess the film. They carried signs while walking in a small circle, near the boxoffice. One of the signs read BAN THE BEATLES! another proclaimed RINGO IS A COMMIE! They were smiling and laughing; it all seemed very tongue in cheek. They were NOT preventing people from buying tickets. However, I guess the manager found it not very amusing… a police wagon arrived and took the guys away. Other movies I remember seeing at the Woods: “BLOW UP” “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” and “LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT”. All very controversial at the time,and they all drew HUGE crowds. A nice, clean theatre with a midnight show every night.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 18, 2006 at 3:32 am

In January, 1940, the Oriental and Woods shared Chicago’s premiere engagement of “Gone With the Wind,” but advertised separately:
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DimitriusStrong
DimitriusStrong on December 17, 2006 at 11:38 pm

Alot of my memories of early childhood date back to these beautiful theaters. On weekends my mother and I would take the ‘EL’ from Evanston all the way to downtown Chicago, pick up some Garrett’s popcorn and hit the movie theater strip. I now live in Texas and thanks to this website which re-awakened my interest in the subject of these theaters and their history.