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Broan commented about Highland Park Theatre on Nov 16, 2016 at 9:52 am

Well-analyzed, David.

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Broan commented about Oakland Square Theater on Nov 13, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Uploaded a photo of the auditorium. Looks like this was one of Ascher’s oddball “cornerwise” theaters, with the screen off in a corner.

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Broan commented about Victoria Theatre on Nov 13, 2016 at 9:58 am

This might be it: http://archive.org/stream/motography56elec#page/192/mode/2up

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Broan commented about Lyda Theater on Nov 13, 2016 at 9:33 am

http://archive.org/stream/filmindex06film#page/n381/mode/2up

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Broan commented about President Theater on Nov 13, 2016 at 9:10 am

This would have been on Garfield Blvd/55th, not 55th Place. Historic Aerials show that it stood until at least 1972. It seems to have operated as a series of dance halls and bars after closing as a theater, most notably the Rhumboogie Cafe.

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Broan commented about Columbus Theater on Nov 13, 2016 at 8:40 am

http://archive.org/stream/movpict31chal#page/n339/mode/2up

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Broan commented about Logan Theatre on Nov 13, 2016 at 4:56 am

They never had 5. That was probably two films sharing the same screen.

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Broan commented about Ogden Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 1:26 pm

The Hippodrome/Atlas must have been a very minor theatre on the site prior to the West Englewood, which was almost certainly built from scratch.

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Broan commented about Roosevelt Theater on Oct 23, 2016 at 12:49 pm

http://archive.org/stream/motionpicturenew23moti_7#page/3076/mode/2up has a nice section on the opening of the Roosevelt.

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Broan commented about Columbus Theater on Oct 23, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Queen Recreation lasted until at least 1962.

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Broan commented about Columbus Theater on Oct 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

The Columbus was noted for its diagonal auditorium, with the screen in one corner, similar to the Town/Park West. After the Columbus was closed in 1926 in favor of Ascher’s West Englewood, the building was remodeled into Queen Recreation Parlor, three floors of billiards & bowling.

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Broan commented about Bryn Mawr Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 9:37 am

The lobby storefront and theater are currently available for lease.

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Broan commented about Bell Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 8:28 am

This must be one of the oldest theaters in Chicago still standing.

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Broan commented about Avon Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 8:16 am

Sam Katz, of Balaban & Katz, was one of the early operators of the Avon.

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Broan commented about Ashland Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 7:48 am

This should be 1656 W Roosevelt Road (12th Street), not Place.

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Broan commented about Armitage Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 7:40 am

The 5 year old Bismark theater on the same site was razed in 1916 to build the Armitage.

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Broan commented about Armitage Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 7:37 am

Real estate listings (active for several years) note that demolition of the auditorium is planned

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Broan commented about Angelus Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 7:02 am

The building still stands, the theater is now a weave salon and vacant store.

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Broan commented about Alma Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 6:52 am

Opened fall 1914.

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Broan commented about Alice Theatre on Oct 23, 2016 at 6:46 am

AKA Lyric, 1909

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Broan commented about Album Theater on Oct 23, 2016 at 6:34 am

The theater occupied the north half of the lot at the NW corner of Western & Fullerton where the limestone building now stands. The theatre itself is demolished.

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Broan commented about Erie Theatre on Oct 22, 2016 at 8:16 am

A 1925 Tribune article on the fire which started in the basement notes that the building was a north side landmark, serving as Brand’s Hall, a dance hall, going back to 1877. A lithograph of Brand’s Hall (not the corner building, but next to it) is at http://nucius.org/graphics-engravings/brands-hall-chicago-1883/

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Broan commented about Erie Theatre on Oct 22, 2016 at 7:57 am

The Erie suffered fires in 1912 and 1925. The Erie Amusement Company in 1911 also owned the Huron at 703 N Clark and the Republic at 3916 N Lincoln. The Erie was known as the Town Talkie at least from 1932-1938.

Check out lantern.mediahistory.org as you research these theaters, you can find a lot of stuff the Tribune might have missed.

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Broan commented about AMC Norridge 6 on Oct 18, 2016 at 8:01 pm

The Norridge is currently being gutted to prepare for redevelopment of the original twin (later screens 5-10) into 4-6 AMC cinemas. The later addition 4 screens will be converted into retail.

I uploaded a diagram to make the sequence of additions and splits easier to understand. I think it is correct.

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Broan commented about Avers Theater on Oct 11, 2016 at 5:15 pm

Sanborn Maps show 3825 as a motion picture theater while 3828 lies in the middle of Avers Street. Most likely the person who set the type for the newspaper mistook a 5 for an 8.