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GFeret commented about Crawford Theater on Nov 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

the vertical sign for the GUYON hotel looks further out (north) to me in that photo, although i know the Paradise theatre address actually was a few doors further (must be the actual placement of the sign, since the hotel’s a long building). my wife asked me to drive by it (the Guyon) a couple months ago because she knew it’s on an endangered list. as a kid i went with my mom frequently for madison/pulaski in late ‘50s-early '60s (goldblatts, alex/marbro/crawford theatres)

GFeret commented about Crawford Theater on Nov 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm

the 1950’s black & white photo recently posted showing the CRAWFORD Theatre on the right side of Pulaski Rd is terrific in my estimation. one can also see in the distance the marquee of the PARADISE Theatre, and even further on the left is another vertical theatre-like sign (but it must be for something else, maybe somebody has an idea). this photo is looking north from the middle of the intersection of pulaski rd and monroe st (just pretend you’re a northbound chicago surface lines streetcar)

GFeret commented about Alex Theater on Oct 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm

one can’d discuss chicago theatres that acquired substantial gay patronage without mentioning the old Newberry theatre on Clark St by the library (later metamorphosizing into the Chestnut Station). i’d also say it’s very unlikely the ALEX theatre ever acquired that audience slant

GFeret commented about Village Art Theatre on Oct 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm

yes, my link above would have to be of the ‘copy-to-clipboard-and-paste’ variety, and this’d be the first i’ve heard there’s no more ‘inside’ to the theatre! such a relief they got landmark status so a real-estate developer could capitoli$e on the theatre facade—all they ever really wanted.

GFeret commented about Village Art Theatre on Oct 30, 2013 at 12:57 pm

here is a link to activity at this building site by a real estate developer, and reading it it seems to affect the theatre or at the very least its facade:

my fear is given enough time this proposed new condo/high-rise corner development will in fact gobble up the gold coast (village) auditorium itself given the theatres' current dormant if rather sorry state. of course we have other clear examples of new residential (and other) re-development that retains only the original theatre facade for quaint decorative purposes

GFeret commented about Paradise Th Chicago on Jul 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

this 1956 paradise photo just screams old chicago long gone neighborhood movie palace. streetcar tracks and trolley wires too on crawford. in 1959 when my parents drove me by i remember the closed paradise (shortly before demolition). and i’m pretty sure the marquee truncation was necessatated by street widening because you can tell how narrow the sidewalk looks. when the (old) marquee had too much outward overhand a tall truck might clip it with street widened (that wasn’t before).

GFeret commented about Portage Theatre on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

correction, not Sun-Times but DNAinfo (Heather Cherone)

GFeret commented about Portage Theatre on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

hi! this very recent sun-times article says a lot IMO about where things are w/ Portage (& Congress) and Carranza’s desired next step:

Mr. Carranza booted out the ‘little guys’ Northwest Film Society after they’d done so much work to fix up the Portage (for film use at least) over the years, and his latest tactic’s to enlist the ‘big guys’ realtors Paine/Wetzel to better deal with the liquor license denial problem.

(Do you smell anything?)

We know who our friends are and aren’t.

GFeret commented about Portage Theatre on May 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

(previous) management and the Northwest Film Society had printed up a screening schedule that in fact went beyond mid-April which proved optimistic because the owner pulled their plug friday 5/24, and hasty relocation for 2 weekend films was arranged at music box theatre plus the patio theater.

my impression is the (new) owner threw a fit resulting from denial of liquor license. if he gets it rest assured the portage will become like the congress theatre he also owns (perhaps not coincidently now suffering a liquor license suspension itself), and ultimately the locals may wish they hadn’t voiced their opposition to the religious organization that wanted to use the portage as a church.

GFeret commented about Lawndale Theatre on May 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm

this place now has one of those big red ‘X’ signs tacked up on the front

i heard that’s supposed to indicate to first responders not to use herculean efforts to save the property in the event of a fire or something and above all, not to try going inside it to rescue anybody because it’s (supposed to be) vacant unless they have specific info/instructions to the contrary

but to me that big red ‘X’ seems more like a roundabout warning to homeless & vagrants not to venture inside because nobody’s going to come looking for you if there’s a property emergency

GFeret commented about Tiffin Theatre on May 20, 2013 at 11:54 am

when they were manufacturing on Kostner Schwinn had their own unique way of forming the head on bicycle frames from one sheet metal piece, avoiding certain welding operations. it had its pros and cons, but looking back on it, mostly cons. its discontinuation maybe the only good thing to come out of closing the kostner plant

GFeret commented about Alex Theater on May 20, 2013 at 11:49 am

i had no guilty conscience even slight about seeing monster movies, who would? i saved my guilt for more important, or at least expensive things.

GFeret commented about Alex Theater on May 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

i don’t mind repeating myself that the old monster movies i looked up @ legion of decency were rated CONDEMNED. a slight disappoinment at my age then but also irrevelant i confess, and looking back it now it made its own kind of sense, those things could be condemned for any number of reasons by any right thinking person, which viewpoint is comfortably irrelvant.

GFeret commented about Alex Theater on May 14, 2013 at 8:18 am

i checked myself back then, i wasn’t looking up anything but ‘monster movies’, they all came up Condemned. I went regardless

GFeret commented about Alex Theater on May 13, 2013 at 7:30 am

“….monster movies classified B by Catholic Legion of Decency”. actually back then the Legion of Decency typical gave those movies their CONDEMNED classification I do recall

GFeret commented about Tiffin Theatre on Apr 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm

OK. i’m trying to picture it as you say, perhaps they had an employee side door entrance @ kostner. it seems to me both schwinn & zenith plants had direct access to the bloomingdale line freight tracks there. in the mid ‘70s i played in the proverbial garage band (except it was in a basement) at the drummers home on tripp st which’s right there. all a stones throw from the original location of GUY’s pizzeria on armitage, great stuff it was

GFeret commented about Grand Theater on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

if ever there was a photo of dear old GRAND Theatre in its dying days that black & white one is it. of course i remember the ‘soda shop’ immdiately to its east with the delicious lime rickey drinks, it was run by the family of one of my grammar school classmates, and they sold buttered popcorn that was so over-drenched with topping that’d always oil stain my clothes yet i couldn’t resist

GFeret commented about Tiffin Theatre on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:02 am

i believe it was spelled LYONS not LIONS btw. i’d bowl there, they had lanes in their lower level, and alternate with Pulaski Bowl a couple blocks east. was the Schwinn bicycle factory on Kostner or Austin? i think they closed mid-‘80s. i maybe confusing Schwinn with the location of the old Zenith factory, or not

GFeret commented about Lawndale Theatre on Apr 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm

the damage i’d mentioned has thankfully been now boarded-up

notice the rena theatre—as deteriorated as it is—still retains it’s original flagpole atop, a tall one. i don’t think others like it can say that

GFeret commented about Central Park Theatre on Apr 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm

i’ve just noticed a major exterior brick tuckpointing job underway here. of all the large old inner city former theatre buildings i believe the central park continues to be in the best shape

GFeret commented about Garfield Theatre on Mar 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

judging by that fine 1964 B&W photo the GARFIELD remained for other purposes since the marquee advertises some show and it looks closed but not necessarily vacated much less abandoned

GFeret commented about Lawndale Theatre on Mar 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

passing RENA by earlier today i notice more than one boarded-up 1st floor window and door busted wide open

GFeret commented about Alex Theater on Feb 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm

now that’s one fine Alex Theatre photo, makes me want to run across madison to the box office

GFeret commented about United Artists on Dec 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

unfaded anscochrome, NIHE

GFeret commented about Bensenville Theatre on Nov 19, 2012 at 10:59 am

i’m on their email showtime mailing list. i like this place and’ll insist here there is nothing to dislike about it (OK bensenville has a little ways to go for becoming a nightlife hotspot). almost a ‘where have you been all my movie-going life?’ theatre choice.