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DavidZornig commented about Grand Theater on Mar 6, 2016 at 5:26 pm

As the Valuskis Theatre in 1951.
Photo courtesy of the USC digital archives, from the now dead link.

Coincidentally, below copy courtesy of Verl Stanford:

It was May 19, 1951 when Patty was kidnapped by Henry Ford McCracken. The film playing that day was “The Bird of Paradise” (as shown on the marquee in the photo added). And, it just so happened that that film was about a kidnapping. McCracken was a sexual psychopath. “ In 1946, his concerned mother petitioned the Orange County Superior Court to have him committed to a mental hospital. His behavior and record as a serial child sex offender, however, failed to impress medical examiners who said he had "mild schizophrenia with anxiety neurosis but can distinguish between right and wrong.” THEY WERE WRONG! “After his "mild schizophrenia” diagnosis, McCracken moved from Orange County to Michigan, where his string of child sex offenses continued. In the fall of 1950, after nine arrests, Detroit Police prepared documents to have him permanently committed to a mental institution. Before the documents were filed, McCracken fled back to Orange County. A few weeks later, he was arrested in Santa Ana for failing to register as a sex offender. He served a six-month jail sentence. On May 6, 1951, he was on the streets again.“ "McCracken immediately gravitated to an auto court cottage on Grand Ave. down the street from the Valuski’s Theater where he took up residence. (Today that is a vacant lot right next to the Coyote Creek flood control channel.) He worked nights entertaining at the nearby White Elephant Cafe (that was on Beach Blvd. and Commonwealth where the Bank of America branch is today). Just 12 days after his release from the Santa Ana Jail, he took an empty seat at a Saturday matinee, next to Patty Jean Hull.” In later years before Mr. Valuski sold the theater he had hired Patty’s brothers, Jack and Jim Hull, to be projectionists in the theater. Many local people still patronized the theater but because it was old fashioned and outmoded Mr. Valuski sold out and retired that theater to new owners.

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DavidZornig commented about Loop Theater on Mar 3, 2016 at 5:45 pm

History of the Telenews via WTTW.

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/03/02/ask-geoffrey-whats-history-telenews-theater-state-street#.VtffhZxQkHU.facebook

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DavidZornig commented about Roosevelt Theater on Feb 28, 2016 at 2:03 pm

11/21/69-12/04/69 photo added, photo credit John P. Keating Jr.

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DavidZornig commented about Coronet Theatre on Feb 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Incredible 1938 photo added courtesy of Sherry Drew. It shows the original Coronet marquee after the renaming. The W.C. Fields film showing was originally released in 1934.

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DavidZornig commented about Fox Theatre on Feb 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Longtime Fox organist Larry-Douglas Embury has passe away.

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/fox-theatre-organist-dies-at-home/nqTDt/

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DavidZornig commented about UNITED ARTISTS Theatre; Chicago, Illinois. on Feb 21, 2016 at 6:58 am

Photo taken 8/03/72-8/24/72.

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DavidZornig commented about Hi-Way Theatre on Feb 17, 2016 at 7:02 pm

Here is a 1991 Chicago Reader article courtesy of Tim O'Neill, about the failed attempt to revive the Hi-Way as a performing art center. The Hi-Way was torn down about 5 years later.

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/hi-way-slobbery-who-blew-the-boulevard-arts-center-deal/Content?oid=878681#.VsSa0nrbiks.facebook

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DavidZornig commented about New Regal Theatre on Feb 17, 2016 at 7:17 am

Potential venue for hologram concerts now.

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160217/south-shore/hologram-concerts-of-dead-legends-could-be-next-life-for-new-regal-theater

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DavidZornig commented about Fox Theatre on Feb 15, 2016 at 6:56 pm

Thanks. Apparently it does not have it’s own CT page.

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DavidZornig commented about Guild Theatre on Feb 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm

1950 photo added via Stumptown Blogger.

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DavidZornig commented about Fox Theatre on Feb 15, 2016 at 6:43 pm

1974 photo added via Kevin-Michael Mooreā€ˇ. The Music Box Theatre to the right of the Fox, is neither the former Liberty Theater nor the other Music Box listed in Portland on CT. Any ideas of what it’s former name might have been, so I can post the photo on that page too?

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DavidZornig commented about Chicago Theatre on Feb 14, 2016 at 7:35 pm

A link my brother found. 1950 theatre map color coded for ownership.

http://movie-theatre.org/usa/il/chicago/maps/1950map.html

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DavidZornig commented about Wisconsin Cinemas I & II on Feb 13, 2016 at 7:56 pm

Photos of the Esquire, Strand & Wisconsin Theatres in below 2/11/16 link.

http://onmilwaukee.com/buzz/articles/9downtown70spics.html

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DavidZornig commented about Strand Theatre on Feb 13, 2016 at 7:55 pm

Photos of the Esquire, Strand & Wisconsin Theatres in below 2/11/16 link.

http://onmilwaukee.com/buzz/articles/9downtown70spics.html

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DavidZornig commented about Esquire Theatre on Feb 13, 2016 at 7:55 pm

Photos of the Esquire, Strand & Wisconsin Theatres in below 2/11/16 link.

http://onmilwaukee.com/buzz/articles/9downtown70spics.html

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DavidZornig commented about Hollywood Theatre on Feb 13, 2016 at 4:29 pm

1958 photo added credit Bud Baker.

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DavidZornig commented about Shapiro Theatre on Feb 6, 2016 at 5:17 pm

1941 photo added courtesy of the Jackson-Township Historical Preservation Facebook page.

Katie Pagana writes: This threare suffered damage when a boiler underneath exploded. It happened during a mitinee for kids. My brother Pete and I awere there when the explosion occurred. It was so loud and the floor raised. We were terrified as this was our first matinee ever. I believe it happened about 1948 or 1949. We were about pre-teen at the time.

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DavidZornig commented about DuBois Theatre on Feb 6, 2016 at 9:17 am

There was another Elks Theater on Brady Street in Du Bois. I have a 1926 post card image. I will add it to CT when I can find more info on it.

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DavidZornig commented about Riverside Drive-In on Feb 6, 2016 at 9:08 am

July 4, 1968 print ad as Woodland Drive-In added, courtesy of the Riverside Drive-In Facebook page.

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DavidZornig commented about Princess Theater on Feb 5, 2016 at 11:54 am

1957 photo added courtesy of the Hemmings Motor News Facebook page.

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DavidZornig commented about Village Theatre on Jan 29, 2016 at 5:23 pm

Circa 1960 photo added courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

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DavidZornig commented about Lyric Theater on Jan 27, 2016 at 7:57 pm

2016 box office photo added, photo credit Jim Spizzo.

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DavidZornig commented about AMC Loews Country Club Hills 16 on Jan 26, 2016 at 6:11 pm

Status should be changed to Closed. Last day of business was January 10th according to the below piece.

http://www.southlandbusinessnews.com/2016/01/amc-theater-shuts-down-in-country-club.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ComingsGoings+%28Comings+&+Goings%29=

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DavidZornig commented about Berwyn Theatre on Jan 24, 2016 at 4:06 pm

1928 photo as the Parthenon added, credit Chicago Tribune.

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DavidZornig commented about Follies Theater on Jan 23, 2016 at 8:45 pm

1970 photo added courtesy of Jack McCabe.