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This appears to have opened in December 1913, not 1912.
You could see if Abt has a better copy.
Theatre Historical Society in Elmhurst, if anywhere
They’ll say that if it was majorly remodeled, though. In the aerial view, it’s certainly theater-shaped.
It’ll be open for some special events however. Another Northwest Chicago Film Society screening is scheduled for Wednesday. I imagine this will continue as weather permits.
It’s in the Photos section…
It also appears on the 1925 Sanborn map, so it may have reopened.
The Bing birdseye map still shows the old facade of the Ashland Joe Vogel refers to, which bears little resemblance to the one shown in the 1912 article, though the floorplan is the same. Perhaps it was delayed by costs.
The Portage was closed by the owner. He could have remained open with the liquor license in limbo but chose not to. The city does not set the meter fees, Daley sold the meters to a private company.
It opened exclusively at the State-Lake through June 26, then went wide the next week.
http://blog.chicagohistory.org/index.php/2013/04/well-see-you-at-the-movies/ This blog post indicates that the Alcyon was the basis for Siskel & Ebert’s WTTW program.
On the West Side, maybe. There are some nice ones on the South Side.
Tinseltoes, I think that must be the Drake theater, I see no other Ascher theaters opening 1925-1926 and the pictured theater has no balcony.
Article with nice photos about the Palace’s lighting system
Here is a 1926 view featuring the Randolph’s State Street marquee. In 1920, Jones, Linick, and Shaefer bought out a vacant site on state for a new second lobby cutting through to the Randolph.
Looking at the demolition photos, it looks like the Oak’s interior had already been gutted – bare brick walls and open ceiling beams. Is that right?
I was never there, but the sanborn maps indicate no balcony.
As noted in earlier comments, Mason Rapp of Rapp & Rapp did remodeling work in the 1950s.
A group waiting to see Houdini
The Gaelic was on 47th.