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DavidZornig commented about United Artists Theatre on Dec 6, 2008 at 11:22 am

You are a God BWChicago. Flo’s it is, or was. Thanks! My barber concurs. Thanks for the tiemline.
Flo the owner was apparently a heavy set gal who dated the dance instructer named Tony Paris. Only in Chicago would we now learn this, eh?
My barbers club was called Club Malibu located at 3309 N. Clark. Not downtown as I had thought.

DavidZornig commented about Vogue Theatre on Dec 6, 2008 at 11:12 am

There was a bowling alley at 828 W. Grace called Marigold Bowl until just a few years ago. It was operated by the same family for years. Particularly an older gentleman named Howard who worked both the desk & the shoe rental. He’d run from one to the other like Mr. Drucker on “Green Acres”,(General store to Postmaster).
This would have been across the street from the Marigold Arena, which is now and has been a church since at least the `70’s. A 24 hour IHOP stands guard at Broadway & Grace.

Howard talked about the Vogue Theatre and it’s proximity to the Marigold. As if it was a small town unto itself. Obviously he knew more than he led on. I wish he and it was still there, cause he surely knew of any tunnels.
Marigold was sold, torn down & replaced by a massive condo structure.

Part of what I believe was the Vogue Theatre site is the tall subsidized housing building at 810 W. Grace, whose East elevation faces Broadway. It had a fire of it’s own not too long ago. The Chateau Hotel was still at the other end last I was over there.

We bowled off & on in leagues at Marigold from 1995-2002. Never getting any better really.

The Baliwick Theatre is across from the Vogue site on Broadway. Several levels of live stage facilities that I think were built out of an old garage of some sorts. The rear stairwells were large and industrial looking. Moved some stuff in & out of there in 1990. It too had ballroom dancing even then.

DavidZornig commented about Variety Playhouse on Dec 6, 2008 at 10:29 am

I meant Majestic Crest OR Mann’s(Graumann’s Chinese Theatre). Guess I shouldn’t have cut typing class.

DavidZornig commented about United Artists Theatre on Dec 6, 2008 at 10:24 am

Well, at first my barber thought the club was called the Preview. But he thought that was on another block.
He than came up with the Velvet Swing, which would make sense, but he wasn’t sure. He said I was going too far back. I’ll see him in a few weeks and re-quiz him. At least we’ll learn the name of his own club.

DavidZornig commented about Roosevelt Theater on Dec 6, 2008 at 10:17 am

To Bob Jensen & Flickchick, the “Treasure Chest” was the name of the arcade that sold the gag gifts, had pinball, wooden ball bowling & such.
Even switchblades that were boldly on display in glass cases.

DavidZornig commented about Cameo Theatre on Dec 6, 2008 at 10:04 am

Sorry for the typos. I’m referring only to the vertical portion of the sign in the first 1952 picture.

DavidZornig commented about Cameo Theatre on Dec 6, 2008 at 10:01 am

I’m looking at the very first of the May 24th 2005 pictures posted. There
The one before giant eyeglasses were added to the front of the marquee. Doesn’t that say just Rodeo on the small vertical portion?

The very first comment/post has only one picture. The 2nd post has two more. A different marquee in all three pictures.
My monitor is unfortunately a TV, so maybe the “S” looks like an “O”. But please take another look at the very first comment & photo posted.

DavidZornig commented about Carroll Arts Center on Dec 6, 2008 at 9:51 am

So they beefed up support for the new marquee with columns, and changed the angles of the sides.
The first of the two B/W photos in Lost Memory’s May 29th post, looks like it’s plucked right out of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Downtown Bedford Falls. Nice!
The second `70’s B/W pic shows a possible 2nd incarnation of the marquee, from that of the 1938 pic.

It’s good they went back to a classic marquee shape during the renovation.

DavidZornig commented about Variety Playhouse on Dec 6, 2008 at 9:36 am

The marquee of the Variety Playhouse is featured in the Turner Classic Movie network’s promos for “TCM Classic Movie News”. It is a slow pan with the above on the marquee. The illuminated underside is also visible.

Given Ted Turner’s association with Atlanta, it’s understandable why the Variety was the easy choice to shoot at. However given the Golden Age of Hollywood theme of “TCM Classic Movie News” & TCM in general, I think an actual Hollywood era theatre would have been more approriate. It’s not like they couldn’t afford it.

If any large Hollywood theatre wouldn’t change their marquee for a one day shoot, certainly old footage could have been altered to reflect the TCM show’s name. Even black & white footage would have been more fitting. With maybe only TCM’s title in color. It could have morphed from a premiere going crowd into an also fitting news-reel look. After tilting to the marquee. Maybe the Crest of Mann’s?
Hey Ted, need any production help out there?

DavidZornig commented about Loew's Grand Theatre on Dec 6, 2008 at 7:46 am

P.S. That’s one rare Woody wagon in the 1944 picture in Ken Mc’s Nov.28th post.
Oh, to own that car today.

DavidZornig commented about Ziegfeld Picture Palace on Dec 6, 2008 at 7:42 am

Good catch Warren. According to Wikipedia, Billie Burke was married to Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. from 1914-1932.

So it’s probably no coincidence that the ad states: Only Theatre in the City to See Billie Burke in “Let’s Get A Divorce”.

She didn’t necessarily need the nepotism, and apparently always performed under her own name even after marriage.
Since her birth name was Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke, choosing Billie after her own father Billy, seemed the right choice. According to Wiki he was a singing clown.

My father was a student at the Chicago Musical College in the late 1940’s. He was subsequently hired to score some of the 1950 Charlton Heston version of “Julius Caesar” that was filmed in Chicago.

DavidZornig commented about Criterion Theatre on Dec 6, 2008 at 7:12 am

In reference to Ken Mc’s Nov. 22nd post, I read somewhere that major cities often dimmed the lights during wartime to deter bombers from above.
So that enemy planes if any, couldn’t make out the perimeters of the more populated areas. I believe the practice started after the bombing of cities overseas.

DavidZornig commented about Cameo Theatre on Dec 6, 2008 at 6:41 am

In Don. K.’s original 2005 post, the 1952 photo shows the Cameo as being called the Rodeo. Any ideas as to how many years it operated under the Rodeo name?
It was probably chosen due to it’s inexpensive change to the marquee. Three letters versus another sign completely.

DavidZornig commented about College Theatre on Dec 5, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Thanks Bryan. You know, I thought that building looked like a theater. I delivered pizzas for a place called Lincoln Park Pizza on Lincoln & Altgeld in 1977 & `78. Delivering in and around DePaul was the norm.

Thanks again for finding all the extra lost chicago gems.

DavidZornig commented about Granada Theater on Dec 5, 2008 at 11:26 am

I happened by the site of the old Granada Theatre today on the “L”.
Geographically, there is a multi-level parking structure where the Granada formerly stood. With retail in the front.
The taller building is actually to the North of that. Where Ramblers, Minstrels & Huey’s etc. used to be.
There is also a massive condominum structure across the street where the New Old Place restaurant used to be.
It’s like a dark corridor now.

So, does this make Joni Mitchell a prophet?

DavidZornig commented about Devon Theatre on Dec 5, 2008 at 11:11 am

I went by the site of the old Devon Theatre today on the “L” train.
The entire span of land from the neighboring McDonalds, all the way around the corner on Granville to the “L” tracks has been developed.

A massive condo project with different levels, balconies and what not stands in it’s place. Long gone with the Devon are the corner medical center, Char-Lar Lounge, Deadwood Daves & the Eagles Nest along the Granville side.

DavidZornig commented about United Artists Theatre on Dec 3, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Greetingsw Rolando. You were not dreaming that. I clearly remember the restaurant with the girl on the swing too. I posted about it ont the Oriental page I think. I mistakenly thought it was on that side of Randolph. But now as you say it, I’m pretty sure it was next to the United Artists.

I thought it was either a German or New Oleans themed place. She definately wore either Laderhosen or a short skirt/bloomers.
The facade of the restaurant building had a tall cut-away on the left side above the entrance. The swing was actually suspended inside of that. But when she swang out on it, she was over the sidewalk. The cut-away was deep enough to not have her hit the back when she swung back in.

I put a call into my barber who owned a nightclub downtown in the `60’s. I’ll post back with an answer when I get one.

DavidZornig commented about Star Theater on Nov 30, 2008 at 9:27 pm

That’s too bad. I think the Burger King was torn down and rebuilt once already in the same spot. Wonder why they didn’t just take it over then.
Or why DePaul didn’t buy it just to have it on hand. A family friend owned another bar & a few buildings just East of there across from Milito’s. DePaul bought everything from them all at once.

I don’t see an original number of seats posted for the Star. But from what I remember on the size of this place, if it could have sat more than 200 people I’d be surprised. It’s pretty tiny.

DavidZornig commented about Argmore Theatre on Nov 30, 2008 at 7:57 pm

I had absolutely no idea that Foremost Liquors was formally a theatre. I lived on Argyle just East of here from 1980-`83.
This is why I love Cinema Treasures. There is always something new to learn.

Aside from the many times I was in Foremost, my regular “Super Mercado” was kitty corner from that.
Foremost had a rather large tin ceiling as I recall.
The neighborhood West of Sheridan was changing rapidly in 1980. From fast food & halfway houses to predominately Vietnamese. The Argyle “L” stop was remodeled with an Asian themed roof. Some dubbed the area “New Chinatown”.

DavidZornig commented about Peoples Theater on Nov 30, 2008 at 7:37 pm

Ah. I knew it looked as if it had long ago been a functioning theatre of some type when I was there.
Saw a stage version of “Pulp Fiction” there if you can imagine. Maybe 2001 or so.

I’ll assume the People’s Temple is not listed on CT, having never been a public use movie theatre.

DavidZornig commented about Peoples Theater on Nov 30, 2008 at 7:28 pm

There is also a People’s Church on Lawrence Avenue just East of Sheridan Road.
It is a huge classic building with a large theatre inside. Never showed films to my knowledge. But did have a recent showing with survivors of the Guyanna tragedy/30th anniversary.

DavidZornig commented about Irving Theatre on Nov 30, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Just to confirm, Pulaski becomes Crawford Ave. in Lincolnwood, North of Devon Ave. I think Pulaski is 3600 West.
The City of Chicago is who renamed Crawford Ave. after Casimer Pulaski. So it remained Crawford Ave. North of the city.
Irving Park Road or Blvd. is 4000 North.

DavidZornig commented about Hoyburn Theatre on Nov 30, 2008 at 6:51 pm

The Hoyburn Theatre’s address puts it where Evanston’s first high rise is, the old State National Bank building.The tall black metal building at David & Orrington.
Not sure what the building is called now.

There was an old time Peacock’s Ice Cream restaurant across from that on Davis St. until the early `80’s. Next to the famous Chandler’s Book Store. Which was cut up rather oddly over 10 years ago. The Valencia was across the street from the South end of the Chandler’s building.

DavidZornig commented about Star Theater on Nov 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm

A acquaintance of mine looked into buying this place quite some time ago.
I think he said the “revised” license was going to require that it include food. Since it had already closed, the bar only status was no longer an option.
The building’s small size & having to keep a food certified employee on site at all times, made it not viable to him.
Plus he was a bit of a heavy drinker. So this was a blessing in disguise.
“Never inhale the retail.”-Kevin Spacey as Mel Proffit in TV’s “Wiseguy”.

DavidZornig commented about Old Orchard Theater on Nov 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm

I saw “North Dallas Forty” at Old Orchard. We had also gone there to see “Animal House” when it opened, but all the later shows were sold out.
I think we drove to Golf Mill after that and got in.
Also saw “More American Graffiti” here in 1979.

The bowling alley was called Fair Lanes in 1978. I was on our league that Winter for Holiday Texaco in Evanston.
That 78-79 Winter was brutal at both.

Vogue Tyre had a showroom & garage on the S/W corner of Golf & Skokie Blvd.