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The lobby storefront and theater are currently available for lease.
This must be one of the oldest theaters in Chicago still standing.
Sam Katz, of Balaban & Katz, was one of the early operators of the Avon.
This should be 1656 W Roosevelt Road (12th Street), not Place.
The 5 year old Bismark theater on the same site was razed in 1916 to build the Armitage.
Real estate listings (active for several years) note that demolition of the auditorium is planned
The building still stands, the theater is now a weave salon and vacant store.
Opened fall 1914.
AKA Lyric, 1909
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
The Shapiro Ballroom is scheduled to open October 3. Looks like it was gutted.
James Brown played the Bismarck (now the Cadillac Palace) on December 29, 1984. The Bismarck did indeed have its seats removed as it mainly was used for banquets at the time.
This entry appears to refer to two separate theaters.
The Shakespeare was built as the Shakespeare for the Alfred Hamburger circuit in 1914 and stood at 940 E 43rd. It was never named the Ellis and is demolished.
The pictured building at 932-934 E 43rd is probably the Ellis. I wasn’t able to find much on the Ellis; it was a vaudeville theater in the area but no listed address I could find. It seems to have operated 1910-1915. It was definitely closed by 1925, used by then as a laundry. The architecture is typical of a 1910 theater and it had a small balcony. Probably they closed the Ellis and opened the Shakespeare across the alley.
These passed to regal and are now closed pending remodeling by a new operator.
It also looks like Louis I. Simon was really more of a structural engineer so Edward Steinborn may deserve more credit as design architect.
Must have been a typo, it was actually August 21. It’s not in that archive – not a complete archive – but I’ve posted it in the photos section.
http://archive.org/stream/exhibitorsherald97unse#page/n727/mode/2up Very interesting article and original blueprints
Yes, the concession area is now on the opposite side of the lobby than before and is now more of a counter