Patio Theatre

6008 West Irving Park Road,
Chicago, IL 60634

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jwballer
jwballer on March 1, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Does the patio still have it’s organ?

gompka
gompka on February 4, 2010 at 12:03 am

Would love to see a movie at the Patio again, or even take a walk through it to bring back some memories. I’m trying to remember where the a/c was, was it in the sub basement that you entered from behind the stage area, to the left of the stage if you were coming down the side aisle? I remember seeing a device with a large wheel and a drive belt. Seems that something as old as wwII a/c should be fixable unless a major part went out and is not possible to replace. If Alex gives you a call again Mike tell him that Anna, Bogdan, David and Adam say hello, and if he is wondering we still have the same phone number as always.

Patiomike
Patiomike on February 3, 2010 at 11:32 pm

That report is six years old. Alex has no intention of selling the building or converting the theater to a store or some other reuse. Many offers have been made over the years by developers who wanted to clear that corner. A recording studio once occupied a second floor office so anything’s possible regarding expansion. He’s set a realistic limit on what he intends to spend to get the main room open and is open to non-traditional events. The Copernicus Center caters largely to a Polish-speaking audience. He doesn’t want to “out Portage the Portage” either. Leaving the theater dark does not help the other tenants, the building or the neighborhood as a whole. “I want to contribute to the community” were his words. How many developers even know what that means? At his age, he could easily do nothing. I applaud his willingness to take some risks.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on February 3, 2010 at 7:59 pm

On the Chicagoland Watch List. http://www.landmarks.org/chicago_watch_2004_6.htm

Along with the Uptown, New Regal, Gateway, and Central Park.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on February 2, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Even a multi-use format will be up against serious competition for venues. The Copernicus Center/Gateway is just a short distance away and has a large stage and auditorium and off-street parking next door. The Portage is also in the local area, and has more off-street parking in the neighborhood compared to the Patio. Maybe a multi-screen setup would be helpful, utilizing space in adjacent buildings to create additional auditoriums, such as was done at the Pickwick in Park Ridge and the Lake in Oak Park. This way, the main auditorium with its beautiful ceiling and details could be spared.

Sure you be nice to see the Patio reopened, in any incarnation.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on February 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Agree with Tim Oneill. I think the market has only gotten more competitive since the Patio closed. The next chapter would have to have a multi-use format. That is, unless Alex is planning to run it at a loss against rental revenue from the rest of the building just for fun. If he can afford it given his entire portfolio of real estate more power to him.

jwballer
jwballer on February 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm

This is one of the sole survivors of the 1920’s and the beginning of the multiplex theatres. It would be GREAT if the Patio Re-Opens.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on February 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Well, I hope that Alex has been taking care of the theatre since it closed almost 9 years ago. I think that he should re-open it as a multi-purpose venue, like the Portage. It’ll never make it as a first run theatre. Some of these film companies want you to play a film for up to 4 weeks. That’s fine if you have a megaplex with various seat counts in each auditorium; but a single screen theatre? Forget about it.

Patiomike
Patiomike on February 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I just had a nice long chat with the theater’s owner – he called me right out of the blue. He’s thinking seriously of reopening. He’s discussing the repair or possible replacement of the A/C with local technicians. He’s also looking into making repairs to the bathrooms, a fresh paint job, and refurbishment of the marquee. With the Brickyard theaters closed, there’s a better chance of opening as a first run theater. He is regularly stopped on the street and asked “when will you reopen?” He reads these posts regularly so now’s your chance to let him know you support the effort.

P.S. DaveK is correct about the balcony seat dilemma. Removal of the seats would have made the room too reverberant making dialog hard to hear.

gompka
gompka on January 4, 2010 at 1:24 am

Jwballer, its been the same owner since the early 80’s. The economy had nothing to do with the closure its the city charging unreasonably high fees for the public place of amusement license. The balcony is never used in the theatre, yet the PPA license charges per seat, the city never used to charge him for the balcony seats, but at one point they told him that to avoid an increase in the fee all the balcony seats would have to be removed.

jwballer
jwballer on January 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I wonder if the current owners will open the theatre once the economy gets fixed.
They wouldn’t have to do much, it in perfect condition.

Bing00
Bing00 on December 30, 2009 at 2:44 pm

There is a new facebook page “Fans of Chicago’s Historic Patio Theatre”. Join it.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on December 4, 2009 at 7:22 pm

No, it doesn’t have a balcony. Instead, it has several rows of seats that are arranged at the back of the auditorium in rising tiers, stadium-style.

These seats were roped-off for years and unavailable to patrons.

jwballer
jwballer on December 4, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Just one more question. Does this place have a balcony.

gmcalpin
gmcalpin on December 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm

The Patio is most certainly not open; that web page is just 8 years old. It closed in 2001, when The Mummy Returns was new to theaters.

jwballer
jwballer on December 4, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I think the theatre may be open according to this site
http://members.fortunecity.com/patioman1/id18.htm

gmcalpin
gmcalpin on November 19, 2009 at 9:54 am

The Patio Theatre made an appearance (in vector form) in my comic strip Multiplex today: http://www.multiplexcomic.com/archive.php?name=416

(The two characters in the strip are making a habit of visiting classic theaters in the Chicago area; one is a photography buff, the other a budding classic movie theater buff. Chicago’s Calo Theatre has previously appeared, and they will be visiting more in the future, as well.)

Photography purists will be more interested in this recent gallery (from July, 2009) of Patio Theatre pics at my Flickr account, however: View link

gompka
gompka on October 5, 2009 at 10:48 pm

exterior hasn’t changed since the last pics were posted, as far as I know I haven’t heard anything from the owner about planning to reopen.

jwballer
jwballer on October 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Any recent photos of the exterior, interior or any news

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on October 5, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Reactivate notification status.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on October 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm

You had to walk up the ramp from the lobby between the stadium style seating areas at the rear. The bathrooms were in the basement, though.

gompka
gompka on October 5, 2009 at 1:29 pm

There is an inclined ramp that you have to go up when you enter the auditorium.

vicboda
vicboda on October 5, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I remember something strange about this theater. Maybe I just dreamed it but I think that when you entered the auditorium you had to step down. Or was it up? Maybe somebody will straighten me out.