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I saw “Hello Dolly” last week at the beautiful Coronado. The manager told me the TIMES theater is in the process of re-opening. Many people inspecting & photographing every corner. I was amazed the marquee is intact after all these years closed. Also he told me the MIDWAY will re-open as different theater groups are interested and have the money to do it. I passed it by and couldn’t see if the roof was still there. Still looks good.
I think the sign reads DANCE. The ballroom was still going strong I presume. I also think it was called Paradise but not sure. Great photo of a great street!
Has the old marquee been removed yet? Anybody know.
That is a good question..I bet Tinseltoes would know. I would say mid 1940’s when neon became big. I thought the present one was a bit bland…One size fits all. Chicago was much more creative when it came to modern signage.
I also did not know this theater was the twin to the Detroit. I wonder if they still show movies. Looking forward to a trip there. Also wonder if the two are the same size in detail. Thanks Tinseltoes for the ceiling video.
On the other hand, these theaters all had organs….Sorry I couldn’t resist.
I don’t remember that at all..However the Alex did show alot of “Hercules” movies which would attest to that fact.
Thanks Matt…What wonderful news! What a re-opening this will be!
You do realize the people that work there have no passion for the name Ziegfeld. They could care less. Its a job. Only someone like us that love these theaters would go over & beyond the call of duty to give 110% to patrons. We understand what it means to be part of a long by-gone era. Even if its only a name!
Hard to believe the Ziegfeld will continue to be in operation in the future. What a wonderful throwback to those glorious days of the single screen movie palace when entering the lobby was a sensation all by itself !
Thanks Tinseltoes for your BOXOFFICE. LOEWS Astor was a great place to see a picture…Nothing that large left in Chicago at present. I fear for the Zeigfeld in NY..
Remember seeing “THE HIGH & THE MIGHTY” starring John Wayne in the 1950’s with my family. Screen was large like the ones we were used to in Chicago. Went to Florida every year and always took in a movie at the State.
I went to the Lawrencewood when it opened..Soon after they twined the Portage Theater in Chicago..M&R were on a buying spree. Must have been a diaster for those theaters didn’t last long.
I thought the Portage was THE place to see a classic film. No more. The Patio is THE place to see a classic film and the people that run the programs are the best. Always great pre-show attractions and very interesting stories behind the scenes. These three people know what they are doing…BRAVO !!
I would imagine the money is not there for this project to start. Months & years later, this tarnished gem hangs on..
Danger is as danger persists…We never thought about dodging bullets on a daily basis just to get to a movie theater like the Crawford, Shootings everyday on the west side..If that isn’t danger, what is?
I am thrilled the Ziegfeld is still open & running in these days of muli-screens…Wish Radio City would show movies once in awhile..
Is there a Loews company anymore? Or are they just using the name. Now that AMC has been sold, I wonder if the Loews name will be dropped altogether..
Ofcourse you are right, I was speaking in general and the way the nation looked compared to the problems of the cities today.
You are all correct. 1968 was terrible. I was mistakenly thinking of 1958, which of course was a better year.
Thanks Bill…..Wonderful ads..What a kinder & gentle world it was when “2001” opened…and you saw it at the Capitol !!
Thanks Broan, Good News.. There was a very good audience for Monday night and the theater looked beautiful.
I know the city doesn’t set rates, but didn’t the city just announce meters will be in use to 10pm nitely? What a killer for businesses……
Another blow to Irving Park theaters, the Portage Theater was closed indefinetly by the City of Chicago today over liquor license problems with the new owners. This is bad news for the Portage. Theater was doing very well with the classic film series every week. So many factors are in play to keep these beautiful theaters open and running. It is a real uphill battle. The city really doesn’t give a damn or they would find ways to keep the area from becoming so blight. They are too busy trying to increase the parking meter fees so nobody wants to pay the insane high fees to attend a local movie house. No wonder so many empty storefronts surrounding these movie theaters. What a pity!!