Esquire Theatre

58 East Oak Street,
Chicago, IL 60611

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Coate
Coate on March 21, 2008 at 12:10 am

G. Feret:
Regarding you post of Nov. 6, 2007, I do not believe your details are correct. Are you posting from memory, or can you cite any documentation?

Anyway, here’s what I have been able to research for the original “Star Wars” bookings in the Chicago area:

05.27.1977 … Calumet City – River Oaks 1-2-3 (29 weeks)
05.27.1977 … Chicago – Esquire (18 weeks) Dolby Stereo
05.27.1977 … Lombard – Yorktown Cinema I-II-III-IV (30 weeks)
05.27.1977 … Northbrook – Edens 1 & 2 (29 weeks) Dolby Stereo

06.15.1977 … Waukegan – Genesee (13 weeks)

06.17.1977 … Norridge – Norridge 1-2-3-4 (27 weeks)
06.17.1977 … Orland Park – Orland Square 1-2-3-4 (26 weeks)

07.08.1977 … Joliet – Jefferson Square Cinema I-II-III (18 weeks)

07.13.1977 … Carpentersville – Meadowdale Cinema I-II-III-IV (16 weeks)
07.13.1977 … Crystal Lake – Showplace I-II-III (22 weeks)

07.22.1977 … Aurora – West Plaza Cinema 1-2-3 (13 weeks)
07.22.1977 … Chicago – Ford City I-II-III (22 weeks)
07.22.1977 … Chicago – Nortown (21 weeks)
07.22.1977 … Merrillville, IN – Y&W Drive-In (5 weeks)
07.22.1977 … Mount Prospect – Mt. Prospect (22 weeks)
07.22.1977 … Naperville – Ogden 6 (#1: 22 weeks)
07.22.1977 … Naperville – Ogden 6 (#2: 13 weeks)
07.22.1977 … Wheeling – Twin Drive-In (12 weeks)

07.29.1977 … Chicago – United Artists (21 weeks)

12.21.1977 … Vernon Hills – Hawthorn 1-2-3-4 (26 weeks) Dolby Stereo

12.23.1977 … Oak Brook – Oakbrook (30 weeks) 70mm-Dolby Stereo

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 12, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Here is a blog with some photos of the Esquire:
http://tinyurl.com/249upt

Broan
Broan on January 2, 2008 at 12:14 pm

My mistake; that was in fact a Sun-Times article.

Broan
Broan on January 2, 2008 at 12:13 pm

The Esquire appears to remain doomed, but the plans for the site have again changed. Chicago Tribune article

GFeret
GFeret on November 6, 2007 at 10:10 am

Correction re. above post – 70mm STAR WARS here in Chicago area: the EDENS in NorthBrook ran it in 70mm right from the (May ‘77) start. Also they seemed to be the very last house to play it – a total of about a year.

uptownjen
uptownjen on October 29, 2007 at 8:36 pm

as late as early summer, the marquee was still lit up at night too.

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on October 22, 2007 at 11:42 am

So I was on Oak Street last week and I noticed that demolition has not yet begun on the Esquire. The marquee is still being used for public service announcements and Citibank is still occupying the first floor. I thought that demolition would begin in April or May, 2007.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on September 1, 2007 at 4:22 pm

Great looking building but inside- cold as ice. Shouldnt be makeing way for redevelopment tho.

veyoung52
veyoung52 on August 26, 2007 at 9:51 am

Thanks for the info, folks.

studiobrian
studiobrian on August 26, 2007 at 9:26 am

I was the manager at the Esquire during the initial Star Wars run in Chicago, Memorial Weekend 1977. It did premier here (and at 3 other theaters in the outlying areas) and it was a 35mm print. It was also craziness on steroids.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on August 26, 2007 at 9:12 am

It wasen’t in 70MM. I have the ad from 5/27/77. In fact, there wasn’t a 70MM engagement of Star Wars in the Chicago area until 12/23/77 when Oakbrook played it 70MM.

Broan
Broan on August 26, 2007 at 8:41 am

It did open at the Esquire. Not sure whether it was 70 or not.

veyoung52
veyoung52 on August 26, 2007 at 6:29 am

Loss of memory cells here. Can anybody either verify or disprove the notion that a 70mm print of “Star Wars” played here either from the opening in May, 1977 or beginning at some point thereafter? Thanks

studiobrian
studiobrian on August 25, 2007 at 11:53 pm

Here is a rather artistic interpretation of the Esquire Theater Marquee.

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on August 22, 2007 at 6:08 am

Was the granite facade (or whatever material that is) later extended to cover Citibank’s part of the building? The vintage photos on www.cinematour.com seem to indicate so.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on July 9, 2007 at 8:50 pm

Why are the lights being left on (on the marquee)? Is it so that they’ll burn out?

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 18, 2007 at 5:23 pm

It seems odd that they made such a drastic turn in planning.

Bing00
Bing00 on June 11, 2007 at 10:52 pm

The lights, constantly on, are slowly dying. So sad.

Broan
Broan on May 12, 2007 at 4:46 am

Curiously, they have changed their plans for what the Esquire will be replaced with. View link

JRS40
JRS40 on April 29, 2007 at 10:20 am

Here is a list of the movies to play here from 1964-1980.

1/02/1964 – WHO’S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BED?
1/15/1964 – ALL THE WAY HOME
1/31/1964 – ANY NUMBER CAN WIN
2/19/1964 – DR. STRANGELOVE
5/20/1964 – THE SERVANT
6/19/1964 – MURDER SHE SAID plus MURDER AT THE GALLOP
6/26/1964 – TWO ARE GUILTY
7/01/1964 – HONEYMOON HOTEL
7/24/1964 – YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
9/16/1964 – BECKET
10/23/1964- LOS TARANTOS
10/30/1964- WAR AND PEACE
11/4/1964 – THE OUTRAGE
12/4/1964 – MURDER AHOY
12/25/1964- THE PUMPKIN EATER
1/22/1965 – TOPKAPI
3/05/1965 – SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON
4/28/1965 – THE MAGNIFICENT CUCKOLD
5/14/1965 – MASQUERADE
5/28/1965 – THE BATTLE OF THE VILLA FIORITA
6/18/1965 – WHITE VOICES
7/07/1965 – THE COLLECTOR
8/20/1965 – THE KNACK AND HOW TO GET IT
10/1/1965 – BAMBOLE
10/15/1965- SITUATION HOPELESS BUT NOT SERIOUS
10/29/1965- REPULSION
11/19/1965- THE MARRIED WOMAN
12/3/1965 – YOU MUST BE JOKING plus HARVEY MIDDLEMAN, FIREMAN
12/17/1965- BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S plus SABRINA
12/24/1965- THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD
2/11/1966 – THE SLENDER THREAD
2/25/1966 – MOMENT TO MOMENT
3/16/1966 – LORD LOVE A DUCK
4/01/1966 – A THOUSAND CLOWNS
5/26/1966 – BORN FREE
7/15/1966 – THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT
8/17/1966 – THE WRONG BOX
10/14/1966- THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW
10/21/1966- BOLSHOI BALLET 67
11/2/1966 – ALFIE
2/15/1967 – A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
8/31/1967 – LUV
9/21/1967 – THE BOBO
10/11/1967- REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE
12/1/1967 – BONNIE AND CLYDE
12/20/1967- FITZWILLY
1/05/1968 – HOW I WON THE WAR
1/26/1968 – BEDAZZLED
2/28/1968 – POOR COW
4/03/1968 – THE PARTY
5/10/1968 – HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH
5/29/1968 – INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU
6/26/1968 – THE SWIMMER
7/31/1968 – INTERLUDE
9/18/1968 – RACHEL, RACHEL
10/31/1968- THE LION IN WINTER
6/19/1969 – WAR AND PEACE
7/31/1969 – ME, NATALIE
9/24/1969 – EASY RIDER
1/30/1970 – GAILY, GAILY
3/06/1970 – ZABRISKE POINT
3/27/1970 – FANTASIA
5/22/1970 – CINEMA COLLEGE FESTIVAL
6/17/1970 – GETTING STRAIGHT
8/19/1970 – SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
9/16/1970 – PERFORMANCE
10/7/1970 – JUSTINE
10/21/1970- FIVE EASY PIECES
2/03/1971 – HUSBANDS
3/05/1971 – GIMME SHELTER
4/23/1971 – MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN
5/21/1971 – TAKING OFF
6/18/1971 – THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN
6/30/1971 – FORTUNE AND MEN’S EYES
7/23/1971 – THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE
9/24/1971 – CARNAL KNOWLEDGE
10/29/1971- SACCO AND VANZETTI
12/1/1971 – WAR AND PEACE
12/19/1971- THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
3/29/1972 – MADE FOR EACH OTHER
4/19/1972 – THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE plus Z
4/28/1972 – SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY plus MIDNIGHT COWBOY
5/10/1972 – RUSSIA
5/26/1972 – HAMMERSMITH IS OUT
7/05/1972 – THE OTHER
9/22/1972 – THE SORROW AND THE PITY
10/18/1972- ELVIRA MADIGAN plus THE VIRGIN AND THE GYPSY
11/3/1972 – THE CHICAGO FILM FESTIVAL
11/17/1972- HEAT
12/20/1972- SLEUTH
3/01/1973 – SAVE THE TIGER
4/11/1973 – GODSPELL
6/15/1973 – LUDWIG
6/29/1973 – 40 CARATS
7/20/1973 – THE HIRELING
8/03/1973 – ROMEO AND JULIET
9/28/1973 – I AM A DANCER
10/19/1973- FANTASIA
11/7/1973 – JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL
12/18/1973- DON’T LOOK NOW
2/08/1974 – ALFREDO, ALFREDO
3/01/1974 – BLAZING SADDLES
5/31/1974 – BADLANDS
6/14/1974 – DAISY MILLER
7/19/1974 – ANIMAL CRACKERS
8/23/1974 – THE WHITE DAWN
9/27/1974 – FANTASIA
10/18/1974- THE GAMBLER
11/8/1974 – THE ABDICATION
11/29/1974- BLAZING SADDLES
12/18/1974- THE PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE
1/24/1975 – GONE WITH THE WIND
1/31/1975 – FACES plus ULYSSES
2/07/1975 – FIVE EASY PIECES plus THE LAST DETAIL
2/14/1975 – STARDUST
2/28/1975 – SHEILA LEVINE IS DEAD AND LIVING IN NEW YORK
3/21/1975 – THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE
4/11/1975 – HEARTS AND MINDS
5/30/1975 – THE GODFATHER PART II
6/06/1975 – THE LONGEST YARD plus DEATH WISH
6/13/1975 – 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
6/20/1975 – STAVISKY
7/02/1975 – NASHVILLE
10/10/1975- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE plus DELIVERANCE
10/17/1975- TOMMY
10/24/1975- COCONUTS plus ANIMAL CRACKERS
10/31/1975- HORSE FEATHERS plus DUCK SOUP
11/7/1975 – THE LION IN WINTER plus A TOUCH OF CLASS
11/21/1975- ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
2/20/1976 – THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
4/09/1976 – ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN
6/18/1976 – THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT PART 2
7/21/1976 – THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH
8/27/1976 – OBSESSION
9/24/1976 – THE TENANT
10/15/1976- MARATHON MAN
12/24/1976- A STAR IS BORN
2/11/1977 – TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING
3/18/1977 – THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN
4/01/1977 – THE EAGLE HAS LANDED
4/29/1977 – NASTY HABITS
5/27/1977 – STAR WARS
9/30/1977 – KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE
10/21/1977- LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR
12/14/1977- CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
3/17/1978 – AN UNMARRIED WOMAN
6/02/1978 – THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY
6/16/1978 – GREASE
8/11/1978 – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
9/29/1978 – DEATH ON THE NILE
11/10/1978- MAGIC
12/15/1978- SUPERMAN – THE MOVIE
3/09/1979 – THE DEER HUNTER
6/01/1979 – FANTASIA
6/22/1979 – THE MAIN EVENT
8/03/1979 – THE MUPPET MOVIE
9/21/1979 – MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN
11/9/1979 – THE ROSE
12/7/1979 – STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
2/01/1980 – THE RUNNER STUMBLES
2/06/1980 – CHAPTER TWO
3/14/1980 – SIMON
3/28/1980 – GILDA LIVE
4/11/1980 – GREASE plus HEAVEN CAN WAIT
4/18/1980 – FOXES
5/02/1980 – A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
5/21/1980 – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
9/26/1980 – ORDINARY PEOPLE
11/14/1980- FANTASIA
12/12/1980- GLORIA plus THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN
12/19/1980- THE JAZZ SINGER

Marcel
Marcel on April 15, 2007 at 11:12 am

What a dam shame-I hope it’s saved. I attended this theater and took photos back in 2002. It was beautiful inside and that marque is awesome.

GrandMogul
GrandMogul on March 29, 2007 at 10:45 am

NEWS ITEMS:
Chicago Tribune, Tuesday, February 25, 1964, s. 1, p. 22, c. 2:
Tower Ticker, by Herb Lyon

“… . ‘Dr. Strangelove,’ the nightmarish flicker satire on the bomb, is doing positively explosive biz at the Esquire. All box office records are going up in a mushroom cloud … .”


Chicago American, Friday, August 8, 1958, p. 11, c. 4:
RECORD SET AT ESQUIRE
An attendance record was set when “The Matchmaker” had its Midwest premiere at the Esquire Theater. The film, boasting such stars as Shirley Booth, Anthony Perkins and Shirley MacLaine, played to sell-out crowds.


CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on March 20, 2007 at 5:11 am

I looked at the photo that Lost Memory linked to. Did Citibank occupy the space that was once the auditorium?

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 7, 2007 at 7:55 am

Yep, all times of day it can be seen on. Last night I had to go down Lake Shore Drive, and the vertical sign was on.